There are a variety of lessons and activities for grades 4-12. The historic trail lessons are an essential lens to understanding the perspectives, pathways and intersections of emigrants, American Indians, white settlers, soldiers and traders throughout the early to late 19th century. We encourage you to incorporate these lessons into your classroom as you deem fit.
We highly recommend that you familiarize yourself with:
Through the portal, you will have full access to NPS recommended lessons and activities that align with Common Core and State Standards. Simply use the search engine and type in "El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail." Some of these lessons are credited to teachers in local communities, while others link to partner websites and associated trail sites along El Camino Real de los Tejas.
National Historic Trails Lesson Plan
This 3-5 day lesson focuses on the skills of collaboration and presentation in an effort to teach students about the content and concepts along nine of the national historic trails. The purpose of this is to have them not only research and understand, but also think critically about the pathways and perspectives of trail travelers. This multiday lesson plan was created by a Colorado teacher for national historic trails (see below).
Partner Lesson Plans
El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail Association offers lesson plans that meet State of Texas standards and have been developed in conjunction with the Region 7 Educational Service Center and 4th and 7th grade teachers in Texas.
Last updated: April 15, 2021