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TEKS Objectives and Visiting the Ransom Center

Every visit to the Ransom Center is different. The Ransom Center's public programs include lectures, readings, films, concerts, and performances, and exhibitions cover a wide variety of topical material.

It is difficult to anticipate all of the specific TEKS objectives a field trip to one of these exhibitions or events might meet. Nevertheless, Ransom Center staff have gathered a small sample of the objectives that are always generally covered.

Many specific exhibitions will have supplemental material designed to maximize the exhibition's value to the educator. Some of this material will be available online and some on paper. If you have further questions regarding how a particular exhibition or event might have educational value for your students, contact Lisa Pulsifer, Head of Education and Public Engagement, at 512-475-8086 or at lisapulsifer@austin.utexas.edu.

General TEKS objectives always met by visits to the Ransom Center

  • Understand contributions of historical and ordinary people (K)

  • Obtain information from a variety of sources/identify main ideas from sources (K, 1, 2, 3)

  • Express ideas orally; create and interpret visuals (K, 1, 2, 3)

  • Describe how technology has affected past and present life (K, 1, 2, 3)

  • Identify sources of information about the past; compare interpretations (2)

  • Differentiate between and use primary and secondary sources; analyze, organize, and interpret information; identify different points of view and frames of reference (4, 5, 6)

  • Analyze important issues and events of the twentieth century in the United States (5)

  • Identify significant examples of the arts from various periods of U.S. history; explain how the arts reflect the times in which they are created (5)

  • Identify and summarize contributions of various racial, ethnic, and religious groups to national identity (5)

  • Describe the influence of historical events on contemporary societies including invasion, conquest, colonization, immigration, and trade; analyze and evaluate past conflicts and current conditions (6)

  • Explain relationships between society and its art, architecture, music, and literature; relate ways in which contemporary culture reflects past influences; describe how society influences creative expressions; identify examples of art that transcend society and convey universal themes (6)

  • Locate, identify, and use primary and secondary sources; analyze, organize, and interpret information; identify points of view and frames of reference; support point of view; identify bias; evaluate the validity of a source (7, 8, 9)

  • Identify historical documents and explain how they reflect American beliefs and principals (8)

  • Describe the arts and cultural activities that reflect the times in which they were created or reflect universal themes; describe the influence of cultural movement on American society; analyze the relationship between culture and the economy; explain how popular culture influences the world (U.S. History)

  • Identify and explain the major eras and important turning points in world history, applying absolute and relative chronology (World History)

  • Identify ways contemporary situations parallel past developments; analyze how different outcomes could occur (World History)

  • Analyze examples of the arts that either reflect the history of the culture in which they were produced or transcend those cultures and convey universal themes (World History)

  • Identify ways archaeologists, anthropologists, historians, and geographers analyze limited evidence; use primary and secondary sources; analyze and organize information; apply point of view, frame of reference, and historical context; apply historical inquiry to research; interpret, and use multiple sources of evidence; identify bias; evaluate the validity of a source (World History)



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