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Lesson Name

Freedom Colonies And Beyond - Life After Slavery


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Subject Area

History and Geography

Grade Range

7th (can be adapted for grades 4-8)



  • 1A) Identify the major eras in Texas history, including Texas in the Civil War and Reconstruction.
  • 5B) Analyze the political, economic, and social effects of the Civil War and Reconstruction in Texas. Geography
  • 8A) Create and interpret thematic maps, representing various aspects of Texas during the 19th century.
  • 8B) Analyze and interpret geographic distributions and patterns in Texas during the 19th and 20th centuries.


  • 17) Understand the importance of the expression of different points of view in a democratic society.


  • 19B) Describe how people from various racial groups attempt to maintain their cultural heritage while adapting to the larger Texas culture.

Social Studies Skills

  • 21B) Analyze information by sequencing, categorizing, identifying cause-and-effect relationships, comparing, contrasting, finding the main idea, summarizing, making generalizations and predictions, and drawing inferences and conclusions.
  • 21C) Organize and interpret information from timelines and maps.
  • 22) Communicate in written, oral, and visual forms.
  • 23) Use problem-solving and decision-making skills, working independently and with others, in a variety of settings.

Technology Applications

  • 1) Use creative thinking and innovative processes to construct knowledge, generate new ideas, and create products.
  • 2) Communicate both locally and globally to reinforce and promote learning.
  • 3) Acquire, analyze, and manage content from digital resources.
  • 4) Make informed decisions by applying critical-thinking and problem-solving skill .
  • 5) Practice safe, responsible, legal, and ethical behavior while using technology tools and resources.

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