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Class Syllabus for Texas History (On-Level)

What will we learn in class?

 Unit Breakdown: Calendar Subject to Change

 1st 9 weeks

  • Unit 1: Thinking Like a Historian
  • Unit 2: Natural Texas and its People (1200’s-1800’s)
  • Unit 3: Exploration and Early Colonization of Texas (1519-1821)
  • Unit 4: Mexican Colonization and the Empresario System (1821-1836)

2nd 9 weeks

  • Unit 5: Unrest & Revolt in Texas (1821-1836)
  • Unit 6: Republic of Texas and Early Statehood (1836-1861)

3rd 9 weeks

  • Unit 7: Texas During the Civil War and Reconstruction (1861-1876)
  • Unit 8: Cotton, Cattle, Railroads, and Closing the Frontier (1866-1900)
  • Unit 9: Modernizing Texas in an Age of Oil (1900-1929)

4th 9 weeks

  • Unit 10: Texas during the Great Depression and WW II (1929-1950)
  • Unit 11: Civil Rights and Conservatism Bring Changes (1950-Present)
  • Unit 12: Contemporary Texas (1950-Present)


What will I need for class?

Respect and a willingness to learn first and foremost!! Do your Job!

Materials needed include a laptop/charger, a pen/pencil, a spiral notebook, and a folder with brads.



Texas History by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.  Students will not have a textbook at home.  Students will use a classroom/online set as a resource only.  If students need to use a textbook outside of class, they will be expected to use one during a tutorial time.



Daily Grades = 50% of total grade

Test/Project Grades = 50% of total grade

There will be 12 daily grades and 3 tests/projects per nine-week period. 

Parents are encouraged to use the Parent Portal, on the district website, to keep track of student’s grades.


Late Work Policy:

When absent from class:  Students have one day per day missed to make up missed work.  After the allotted days the following grading scale will be used.

1 day late = 90 max

2 days late = 80 max

3 days late = 70 max

4 days late or more= 50 max


Tardy Policy:

A student is tardy if they are not in the class when the bell rings.  Repeated instances of tardiness will result in more severe disciplinary action, in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct.


Class Expectations:

Be on time.  Be in your seat before the tardy bell rings.

Be prepared.  Bring all supplies and work needed to class on time.

Be respectful of yourself and others.  I will respect all students and expect the same in return.

Work Hard. Give 100% Effort at all times.


I am looking forward to working with you this year. A syllabi copy is available on the school website for my class as well. Thank you and if you have any questions or concerns please contact me via email [email protected]. You can reach me at 281 - 324 - 2598 and my extension number is 4128, but email will be the best way to reach me.