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Lesson Name

Drawing Our Lives


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Subject Area

Social Studies and Art

Grade Range

7th (can easily be adapted to 4th)


Social Studies, Grade 7

  • History (1A), identify the major eras in Texas history, describe their defining characteristics, including Natural Texas and its People and Contemporary Texas.
  • History (2A), compare the cultures of American Indians in Texas prior to European colonization such as Plains Indians.
  • History (6C), identify significant events and issues from Reconstruction through the beginning of the 20th century, including the factors leading to the expansion of the Texas frontier, and the effects of westward expansion on American Indians.
  • Geography (10A), identify ways in which Texans have adapted to and modified the environment and analyze the positive and negative consequences of the modifications.
  • Culture (19A), describe how people from various racial, ethnic, and religious groups attempt to maintain their cultural heritage while adapting to the larger Texas culture.
  • Social Studies Skills (21C), organize and interpret information from visuals.
  • Social Studies Skills (22D), create written and visual presentations of social studies information.

Middle School Art1

  • Art (1A), identify and illustrate concepts from direct observation, original sources, personal experiences, and communities such as family, school, cultural, local, regional, national, and international.
  • Art (1B), understand and apply the elements of art in personal artworks.
  • Art (1C), understand and apply the principles of design in personal artworks.
  • Art (2A), create original artworks based on direct observations, original sources, personal experiences, and the community.
  • Art (2B), produce artworks, including drawings and digital art and media, using a variety of materials.
  • Art (3A), identify the influence of historical and political events in artworks.
  • Art (3B), identify examples of art that convey universal themes such as beliefs, cultural narrative, life cycles, the passage of time, identity, conflict, and cooperation.

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