In 8th grade, students study the history of the United States from the early colonial period through Reconstruction (1877). The content builds upon that from 5th grade, but provides more depth and breadth. Historical content focuses on the political, economic, religious, and social events and issues related to the colonial and revolutionary eras, the creation and ratification of the U.S. Constitution, challenges of the early republic, the Age of Jackson, westward expansion, sectionalism, Civil War, and Reconstruction. Students describe the physical characteristics of the United States and their impact on population distribution and settlement patterns in the past and present. Students analyze the various economic factors that influenced the development of colonial America and the early years of the republic and identify the origins of the free enterprise system. Students examine the American beliefs and principles, including limited government, checks and balances, federalism, separation of powers, and individual rights, reflected in the U.S. Constitution and other historical documents. Students evaluate the impact of Supreme Court cases and major reform movements of the 19th century and examine the rights and responsibilities of citizens of the United States as well as the importance of effective leadership in a constitutional republic. Students evaluate the impact of scientific discoveries and technological innovations on the development of the United States. Students use critical-thinking skills, including the identification of bias in written, oral, and visual material.
In Grade 7, students study the history of Texas from early times to the present. Content is presented with more depth and breadth than in Grade 4. Students examine the full scope of Texas history, including Natural Texas and its People; Age of Contact; Spanish Colonial; Mexican National; Revolution and Republic; Early Statehood; Texas in the Civil War and Reconstruction; Cotton, Cattle, and Railroads; Age of Oil; Texas in the Great Depression and World War II; Civil Rights and Conservatism; and Contemporary Texas eras. The focus in each era is on key individuals, events, and issues and their impact. Students identify regions of Texas and the distribution of population within and among the regions and explain the factors that caused Texas to change from an agrarian to an urban society. Students describe the structure and functions of municipal, county, and state governments, explain the influence of the U.S. Constitution on the Texas Constitution, and examine the rights and responsibilities of Texas citizens. Students use primary and secondary sources to examine the rich and diverse cultural background of Texas as they identify the different racial and ethnic groups that settled in Texas to build a republic and then a state. Students analyze the impact of scientific discoveries and technological innovations on the development of Texas in various industries such as agricultural, energy, medical, computer, and aerospace. Students use primary and secondary sources to acquire information about Texas.
Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelors: History and Anthropology Masters: Teaching Certifications: History 7-12, English Language Arts and Reading 4-8, Social Studies 4-8
Welcome to my webpage! I was born and raised in Northeast Texas close to Texarkana. My Bachelors degrees are from Baylor University in both History and Anthropology. My Masters degree in Teaching is from the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio. I have lived in Houston for the past 4 years and absolutely love it! I recently married my husband in December 2018 cue the name change from Willson to D'Mello. We live in Sugar Land and have 3 wonderful cats to keep us company!
This year marks my fourth year teaching and second year in Pearland ISD. I love teaching and getting to know my students while teaching them U.S History and Texas History. On this website, I'll update our class calendar as well as link any fun learning activities we've done in class. There will also be links to review games and study materials for students. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesistate to contact me. I look forward to meeting all of my students and their wonderful support systems!