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In this unit, students will explore the basic understanding that geography influences history within the context of Native American cultures. They will begin by finding ways in which geography has influenced their own culture and presenting these connections in a brochure for newcomers to the area. Students will then apply the same concept to the study of native cultures. They will learn about the major tribes and cultural groups that existed in Texas prior to European exploration, and how these cultures reflected the environments in which they lived. The culminating performance assessment will require students to develop a fictional native culture based on a given environment. They will compare their new cultures to those that existed in Texas.Repository CitationMcPhail, Beth, "Native Texan Cultures" (2005). Understanding by Design: Complete Collection. Paper 6.http://digitalcommons.trinity.edu/educ_understandings/6Creative Commons LicenseThis work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License.


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Education Levels:

  • Grade 6
  • Grade 7
  • Grade 8


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