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Texas Lesson Study (TXLS) is inquiry-based, job-embedded professional development where teachers work collaboratively to develop, teach, and assess research-based lessons. Training and meeting schedules for TXLS are tailored to fit each campus' needs. Teacher-designed lessons created as part of TXLS are video recorded and available on the Texas Gateway. TXLS is part of the TEA strategic plan 2017-2021, set forth by Commissioner Mike Morath. 


Published lessons are available on the Texas Gateway and include research, formative assessment, materials, plan, and a reflection. Use the tabs above to view lessons for each subject matter. Please note, you will have to sign up for a free account on Texas Gateway to be able to access these lessons.

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    6th grade

    Data Banks to Bar Graphs


    Students will create a bar graph representing data about China, Japan, North Korea, South Korea, India, and the United States using information from a data bank. The data bank includes information on population, population density, gross domestic product, literacy rates, annual salary, infant mortality, and land area. Students then will examine a light pollution map to make connections between the data presented and the bar graphs.

    8th grade

    The Great Compromise


    Students will debate the representation argument of the Constitutional Convention and create a compromise that addresses the concerns of both large states and small states (the Great Compromise). Then, students will connect this concept to the present-day system of government.

    What? Can you Really Say That?

    8(19)(A), 8(10)(B), 8(19)(C), 8(19)(D), 8(19)(F), 8(21)(B)

    Students will examine several items related to the First Amendment and respond to the teacher-created questions. Student groups will present their conclusions to the class.

    Teach Them How to Say Goodbye: George Washington's Farewell Address


    Students will critically read a primary source in order to identify and explain the impact of Washington’s Farewell Address.


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Emili Foster, M.Ed.
Texas Lesson Study Facilitator
(903) 988-6801

Kathy Meadows
(903) 988-6758

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