These students work hard to learn their history, but how well do you know Texas history? Every student across the state takes a course in Texas History in the 7th grade, so we want to know: are you smarter than a Texas 7th grader? Test your Texas history knowledge with this quiz, and stick around at the end to claim your free prize!
Texas History Day In this state affiliate of the National History Day program, over 68,000 6th-12th grade students worked on projects over the school year to showcase their research based on this year's theme, "Taking A Stand." Working individually or as a group, the students conducted extensive research on topics of their choosing and created papers, documentaries, websites, performances, and exhibits, which they presented to judges at regional competitions statewide. The first and second place winners in each category advanced to the Texas History Day state competition on April 29th in Austin. Winners in each category at the junior and senior levels will advance to the National History Day competition to be held June 11th-15th in College Park, Maryland. These Texas students who participated in all levels of contest can take great pride in their accomplishments and in the development of their skills in presenting historical research.
Junior Historians of Texas The Junior Historians of Texas was founded in 1939 by Walter Prescott Webb, the respected Texas historian, who wanted to involve 4th-12th grade students in the actual "doing of history.” Guided by their sponsors, students participated in chapter activities throughout the year that led them to discover and research history, both in the classroom and in the community. The Junior Historian Annual Meeting and History Fair, which was held this year March 31st-April 1st in Waco, marked the pinnacle of the year's activities, as members from local chapters around the state, along with their sponsors and cosponsors, assembled to share the results of the year's activities and win awards for their work. In addition, some of their work was published in the Junior Historians' journal, the Texas Historian, one of the few historical journals in the nation dedicated to publishing secondary students' work. Students can then continue this work at the undergraduate level through the Walter Prescott Webb Historical Society, TSHA's history organization for college students.
Texas Quiz Show With an easily accessible online format in the early competition rounds and a live game show-style finals competition, this year’s Texas Quiz Show engaged around 3,500 4th-8th grade students across the state with Texas history. Online competition rounds began in March -- Texas History Month -- when students took the time to answer quiz questions on Texas history to build their scores. Those with the highest scores from their regions were invited to play in the live championship round on April 29th to see who knew their Texas history the best!
Additionally, TSHA serves students through its many opportunities for teacher resources and development. Professional workshops, like our Exploring Texas Workshop Series, and digital resources, like TeachingTexas.org, allow teachers to gain the skills and tools necessary for their success and the success of their students. The Texas Almanac Teacher's Guide and the Handbook of Texas are other online resources offered by TSHA which are invaluable to hundreds of thousands of teachers and students each year.