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Lesson Name

A New Life in Freedom: A Late 19th-Century African-American Farmstead


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Subject Area

Texas History, English Language Arts, Technology Education

Grade Range

4th (can be adapted for grades 5 8)


110.15.English Language Arts

  • (11) Reading/Comprehension of Informational Text/Expository Text. Students analyze, make inferences and draw conclusions about expository text and provide evidence from text to support their understanding.
  • (16) Writing/Literary Texts. Students write literary texts to express their ideas and feelings about real or imagined people, events, and ideas.

113.15.Social Studies

  • (10) Economics. The student understands the basic economic activities of early societies in Texas and North America.
  • (12) Economics. The student understands patterns of work and economic activities in Texas. The student is expected to:
  • (A) explain how people in different regions of Texas earn their living, past and present, through a subsistence economy and providing goods and services.
  • (D) describe the impact of mass production, specialization, and division of labor on the economic growth of Texas.
  • (21) Social studies skills. The student applies critical-thinking skills to organize and use information acquired from a variety of valid sources, including electronic technology.


  • (2) Creative expression/performance. The student interprets characters, using the voice and body expressively, and creates dramatizations.

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