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Resources for Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills addressing "State and federal laws mandate a variety of celebrations and observances, including Celebrate Freedom Week."

Purpose

The introduction section to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills states that teachers should be aware that, "State and federal laws mandate a variety of celebrations and observances, including Celebrate Freedom Week." To assist teachers in staying abreast of those laws, the following list is made available which include observancesholidays, and recognition months

January

January 6

Sam Rayburn Day 

In memory of that great Texas and American statesman, Sam Rayburn, to commemorate the birthday of Sam Rayburn

Britannica Article

August

August 26

Women's Independence Day

To commemorate the ratification in 1920 of the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, this guaranteed women the right to vote.

Women's rights - Britannica Elementary

Votes for women: did suffragettes really win women the vote?

Women's suffrage: 10 things you didn't know

Women's History Month is celebrated in March

Carrie Chapman Catt

February

February 19

STAR Day - State of Texas Anniversary Remembrance Day

(A) In honor of Texas joining the Union and the day that James Pinckney Henderson became the first governor of the State of Texas in 1846.
(B) STAR Day shall be regularly observed by appropriate and patriotic programs in the public school and other places to properly commemorate the annexation of this state and to inspire a greater appreciation for the history of this state.

Star Day Foundation

September

September 11

Minute of Silence to Commemorate September 11, 2001

To commemorate the ratification in 1920 of the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, this guaranteed women the right to vote.

Texas First Responders Day

In honor of the bravery, courage, and determination of Texas men and women who assist others in emergencies.

Britannica - elementary

Britannica - middle school

Britannica primary Sources

9/11 Interactive Timelines

 

September 17

Constitution Day and Citizenship Day

To commemorate the formation and signing on September 17, 1787, of the Constitution and recognize all who, by coming of age or by naturalization, have become citizens.

Constitution Day video (login to Launchpad and Discovery Education required first)

Constitution Day: Background and Celebration (login to Launchpad and Discovery Education required first)

Week of September 17

Celebrate Freedom Week

To educate students about the sacrifices made for freedom in the founding of this country and the values on which this country was founded, the week in which September 17 falls is designated as Celebrate Freedom Week in public schools.  For purposes of this subsection, Sunday is considered the first day of the week.

American Symbols of Freedom video (login to Launchpad and Discovery Education required first)

Last Friday in September

American Indian Heritage Day

The last Friday in September is American Indian Heritage Day in recognition of the historic, cultural, and social contributions American Indian communities and leaders have made to this state.

Libguide with Resources

March

Texas History Month

In honor of those Texans who helped shape the history of the State of Texas and in recognition of events throughout Texas’ History

Notable Texans/Texians/Tejanos Sample Research unit with resources

Texas Revolution Primary Source Set

November

November 3

Father of Texas Day

In memory of Stephen F. Austin, the great pioneer patriot and the real and true Father of Texas, and to properly commemorate the birthday of Stephen F. Austin and to inspire a greater love for this beloved state.

Britannica - elementary

Britannica - middle school

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