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Paint Our Story
Subject: Social Studies
Rationale or Purpose:Students will explore folk art as a way of expressing cultural values. 
Grade level: 8

My Story; Our Story
Subject: Social Studies
Rationale or Purpose:By reading first person accounts of people who were once slaves, students gain a deeper understanding of the institution of slavery, its impact on society and the importance of the rights guaranteed in the United States Constitution and Bill of Rights.
Grade level: 8

Ragtime in Texas
Subject: English
Grade level: Junior
Rationale or Purpose:The purpose of this lesson is to acquaint students with Ragtime music by African American Texan Scott Joplin and lyrics by Joplin and others and through this gain a better understanding of the time period, language, unique dialect, style and sound of ragtime and of the African American Culture.

Where in the Texas?
Subject: Social Studies
Rationale or Purpose:It is important to be able to use maps to express a variety of information.  This lesson will help students understand the distribution of slavery across the State of Texas in the mid 1800’s. 
Grade level: 8