Ethnic Studies Cohort

Kelly Bellar (Region 10) and Crystal Klose (Region 11) Curriculum Coaches

HOLC Dallas

TEKS | Geography? | Cases | Make a Map


African American Studies Instructional Resources

African American Studies TEKS Clarification

African American Studies Content Standards

  • 7D. Analyze how environmental changes impacted African American communities such as land use, settlement patterns, and urban development.
  • 8E. Analyze how various geographic, cultural, social, political, and financial factors influenced the economic mobility of African Americans such as skin color, wealth, and educational background;
  • 9E. Analyze the causes and effects of government actions and legislation addressing racial and social injustices from 1960 to the present day such as the issues of voting rights, civil rights, fair housing, education, employment, affirmative action, the War on Crime, the War on Drugs, mass incarceration, and health and nutrition…(Issue, Government Actions/Legislation, 1960-Present, Cause, Effect)

African American Studies Skills (Process) Standards

  • 17A. Analyze primary and secondary sources such as maps, graphs, speeches, political cartoons, and artifacts to acquire information to answer historical questions
  • 17B. Analyze information by applying absolute and relative chronology through sequencing, categorizing, identifying cause-and-effect relationships, comparing and contrasting, finding the main idea, summarizing, making generalizations, making predictions, drawing inferences, and drawing conclusions
  • 17C. Apply the process of historical inquiry to research, interpret, and use multiple types of sources of evidence
  • 17D. Evaluate the validity of a source based on corroboration with other sources and information about the author, including points of view, frames of reference, and historical context;
  • 17E. Identify bias and support with historical evidence a point of view on a social studies issue or event.
  • 18A. Create written, oral, and visual presentations of social studies information using effective communication skills, including proper citations and avoiding plagiarism
  • 18B. Use social studies terminology correctly
  • 19A. Create a visual representation of historical information such as thematic maps, graphs, and charts
  • 19B. Pose and answer questions about geographic distributions and patterns shown on maps, graphs, charts, and available databases


Teaching Geography is a good place to start.

Geographic Themes and Spatial Reasoning Infographic (PDF)

Case Studies

Lines that Shape Our Cities

Planned Destruction Story Map

Introduction to Linnentown

Mapping Prejudice > Get Involved > Action > Guide Reckoning with Racism A Brief Guide to Taking Meaningful Action

Make a Map

Home Owners’ Loan Corporation (HOLC) Neighborhood Redlining Grade

Step 1. Navigate to ArcGIS Online
Step 2. Click Map
Step 3. Click Add Layer
Step 4. Select Living Atlas
Step 5. Search for HOLC
Step 6. In the results list Click Home Owners’ Loan Corporation (HOLC) Neighborhood Redlining Grade
Feature LayerFeature Layer by dianaclavery_uo
Step 7. Click Add to map
Step 8. Close the Feature Layer window
Step 9. Close the Add layer window
Step 10. Explore the map

Teach with GIS