Leslie Brooks

7th Grade Social Studies
Department Head
GT Advisor

Hi, my name is Leslie Brooks, and I'm excited to begin my 23rd year of teaching, and my 17th year in NBISD. I'm a graduate of NBHS and The University of Texas at Austin, where I received my BA in English.  
I LOVE Texas--everything about it! I can't wait to share what I know and love about our great state with you.

1  7th SS/Texas History

2  Conference

3 7th SS/Texas History

4 7th SS/Texas History

5 7th SS/Texas History

6 7th SS/Texas History

7 7th GT Advisory

8 7th SS/Texas History

Tutorials: mornings by appointment, Tuesday & Thursday afternoons until 4:00.

Email: lbrooks@nbisd.org (The best way to reach me)

Voicemail: 830-625-8514

Week of 5/6/19

  • Monday & Tuesday--We will learn the seven principles of government.
  • Wednesday & Thursday--We will learn about the three levels of government in Texas.
  • Friday--Test 11 (Topics include The Great Depression and the Dust Bowl, Seven Principles of Government and Three Levels of Government)

Week of 4/29/19

  • Monday--Video and quiz over The Great Depression
  • Tuesday--Read a chapter from "The Worst Hard Time" about the Dust Bowl in Texas and complete notes. Notes will contain questions to be answered and be turned in for a grade.
  • Wednesday--Video "Surviving the Dust Bowl" and critical writing exit ticket.
  • Thursday--Students will have a writing assignment over the Great Depression and Dust Bowl.
  • Friday--Watch PBS American Experience "Riding the Rails" about teenagers during the Great Depression.

Week of 4/22/19

  • Monday--Video and notes over the 1920s 
  • Tuesday--Read and notes over the 1920s; begin 1920s People (will be a major grade!)
  • Wednesday--Work in groups on 1920s People
  • Thursday--Work in groups on 1920s People
  • Friday--Test 10; finish 1920s People

Week of 4/15/19

  • Monday--Video about WWI 
  • Tuesday--Notes about Texans in WWI and reading about Pancho Villa
  • Wednesday--Process about Pancho Villa; daily grade due at the end of class
  • Thursday--Lesson about Trench Art; students will create their own piece of trench art
  • Friday--Holiday

Week of 4/8/19

  • Monday--Read and watch a video about Populism in Texas in the early 1900s
  • Tuesday--STAAR Writing Test (only classes 6, 7, 8 will meet)
  • Wednesday--Notes over Populism and design a t-shirt.
  • Thursday--Read and notes over Progressivism in Texas in the early 1900s.
  • Friday--Watch a video and answer questions over "The First American Gangsters."

Week of 4/1/19

  • Monday--Work on fracking PSA project (major grade)
  • Tuesday--Finish and turn in fracking PSA project
  • Wednesday--Test 9 (Growth of Industry, King Cotton, Oil Industry, Oil Boom, Fracking)
  • Thursday--Read and take notes over Early Reforms in Texas
  • Friday--Daily assignment on Early Reforms, due at the end of class

Week of 3/25/19

  • Monday--Read and notes about the Texas oil boom of the 1920s and 1930s
  • Tuesday--Boomtown activity
  • Wednesday--Read and watch videos about fracking for natural gas in Texas
  • Thursday--Notes over fracking and start a Public Service Announcement project (major grade, due next week)
  • Friday--Work on fracking PSA

FYI: We are scheduled to have our next test on Wednesday, April 3.

Week of 3/18/19

  • Monday--Reading about Growth of Industry and open text quiz
  • Tuesday--Read and notes over the cotton industry
  • Wednesday--Sharecropping simulation activity and critical writing
  • Thursday--Read and notes about the discovery of oil in Texas
  • Friday--Daily assignment over the discovery of oil in Texas

Week of 3/4/19 

  • Monday--Science benchmark testing; not all classes will meet
  • Tuesday--Cowboy Poetry activity
  • Wednesday--Test 8
  • Thursday--Growth of Industry
  • Friday--Growth of Industry

Week of 2/25/19 

  • Monday--Math benchmark testing; not all classes will meet
  • Tuesday--Reading benchmark testing; not all classes will meet
  • Wednesday--Social Studies benchmark testing; not all classes will meet
  • Thursday--Read and take notes over The End of the Open Range
  • Friday--Finish notes; video over American Cowboys

Week of 2/18/19 

  • Monday--Holiday
  • Tuesday--Writing benchmark testing; not all classes will meet.
  • Wednesday--Notes over The Cattle Kingdom.
  • Thursday--Finish notes and play a vocabulary game over Cattle Kingdom vocabulary.
  • Friday--to be determined due to large numbers of absences and crazy testing schedules!

Week of 2/11/19 

  • Monday--Quiz over "Frontier Wars Vocabulary Activity" we did on Friday. Notes and videos over "Frontier Wars." 
  • Tuesday-- Finish notes and videos over "Frontier Wars."
  • Wednesday--Students will complete a map over the Frontier Wars.  It will be a daily grade.
  • Thursday--Read and notes over the Cattle Kingdom.
  • Friday--We will have some kind of daily assignment or activity over the Cattle Kingdom.

Week of 2/4/19 

  • Monday--Test 7 (History of New Braunfels, Texas Secedes, Texas in the Civil War, Reconstruction in Texas) 
  • Tuesday--  Read in the textbook and take notes over the conflicts on the frontier after the Civil War
  • Wednesday-- finish notes over Frontier Wars and watch short videos about Quanah Parker and Buffalo Soldiers
  • Thursday--complete an assignment about Buffalo Soldiers
  • Friday--read in the textbook and take notes about the Cattle Kingdom in Texas after the Civil War

Week of 1/28/19 (updated 1/30/19)

  • Monday--Students will finish the reading and notes that we began as a class on Friday.  They will do this independently or with a partner, and it will be due at the end of class. 
  • Tuesday--Students will watch a 15 minute video about the Civil War and complete an assignment due at the end of class.  
  • Wednesday--Read in the textbook about Reconstruction and begin notes.
  • Thursday--Finish notes over Reconstruction and write a list of 10 challenges faced by Texans during Reconstruction. This will be due at the end of class on Friday. 
  • Friday--finish Reconstruction Top 10 List is due at the end of class.  Students may also work on the Test 7 Review. Test 7 has been postponed until Monday, February 4.

Week of 1/21/19

Please Read:

Parents, 

With the new semester, I've made a change from iTunesU and eBackpack to Google Classroom for our daily workflow on the iPad.  So far the change has been smooth, and I'm hoping we can stay with Google Classroom for the rest of this school year.  We will still be taking quizzes and tests in eBackpack, as that is the only app where I can control students' access to other apps while they are testing.  

If you are interested in signing up for your student's Google Classroom so you can see what assignments are posted there, please email me and I will send you the access code for their class period. This will replace iTunesU and eBackpack. My email address: lbrooks@nbisd.org

  • Monday--Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day--Holiday 
  • Tuesday--We will continue our unit about the history of New Braunfels with a map-making activity.
  • Wednesday--Students will complete their map which will be a daily grade.
  • Thursday--We will read and take notes over Texas' decision to secede from the United States prior to the Civil War.
  • Friday--Students will have an assignment about Texas' secession.

Week of 1/14/19

Please Read:

Parents, 

With the new semester, I've made a change from iTunesU and eBackpack to Google Classroom for our daily workflow on the iPad.  So far the change has been smooth, and I'm hoping we can stay with Google Classroom for the rest of this school year.  We will still be taking quizzes and tests in eBackpack, as that is the only app where I can control students' access to other apps while they are testing.  

If you are interested in signing up for your student's Google Classroom so you can see what assignments are posted there, please email me and I will send you the access code for their class period. This will replace iTunesU and eBackpack. My email address: lbrooks@nbisd.org

  • Monday--Watch a short video and take notes over the Mexican War. Students will also have an assignment to complete with an adult at home to prepare for a unit on the History of New Braunfels. 
  • Tuesday--Students will complete a map for a daily grade.
  • Wednesday--Test 6 (Will cover Republic of Texas and Mexican War)
  • Thursday--Reading and videos about the history of New Braunfels.  Students will complete notes that will be turned in for a grade upon completion.
  • Friday--Continue with history of New Braunfels, activity to be determined.

Week of 1/7/19

Please Read:

Parents, 

With the new semester, I've made a change from iTunesU and eBackpack to Google Classroom for our daily workflow on the iPad.  So far the change has been smooth, and I'm hoping we can stay with Google Classroom for the rest of this school year.  We will still be taking quizzes and tests in eBackpack, as that is the only app where I can control students' access to other apps while they are testing.  

If you are interested in signing up for your student's Google Classroom so you can see what assignments are posted there, please email me and I will send you the access code for their class period. This will replace iTunesU and eBackpack. My email address: lbrooks@nbisd.org

I hope you all have a wonderful 2019, and thanks for all the support last semester.  

Here's our regular weekly plan...I apologize for it being late.  I thought I had done it back in December, and just realized that I didn't.

 

  • Monday--Read in textbook and take notes over Lamar's term as president of the Republic of Texas.
  • Tuesday--Complete a Venn diagram comparing the presidencies of Houston and Lamar. This is due Wednesday at the beginning of class for a daily grade.
  • Wednesday--Read in textbook and articles about Houston's second term as president of the Republic of Texas and begin Comic Life notes.
  • Thursday--Finish Comic Life notes and begin creating a time capsule for the Republic of Texas time period.
  • Friday--Finish time capsule and turn in for a daily grade.

Week of 12/10

  • Monday--Take Test #5. Review is located in iTunes U. Quizlet Flash Cards: https://quizlet.com/_5rtgr4
  • Tuesday - Friday Benchmark Review! Social Studies Benchmark will be given on Thursday, Dec. 20 (all grades).
Week of 12/3
  • Mondy--Read and take notes over Ch. 10, Sec. 3, "Documents of Independence"
  • Tuesday--Open notes/Open book quiz over Ch. 10, Sec. 3. Read an article about the mystery of Santa Anna's missing leg and why it's in Illinois.
  • Wednesday--Read and take notes about Sam Houston's first term as President of the Republic of Texas.
  • Thursday--Finish notes over Sam Houston's first term.  Begin Ugly Sweater assignment.
  • Friday--Finish and turn in Ugly Sweater assignment.

Week of 11/26

  • Monday--Students will read in the textbook about the final conflicts of the Texas Revolution and update their Texas Revolution Diaries.
  • Tuesday--Students will complete notes over the final conflicts of the Texas Revolution and give Colonel James Fannin a report card for his leadership of troops at Goliad. The report card will be a daily grade.  **Texas Revolution Diaries will be due for a MAJOR GRADE.**
  • Wednesday--**Test 4 corrections are due*** 7th Grade Writing Benchmark
  • Thursday & Friday--Students will learn about the documents that secured Texas' independence from Mexico through a textbook reading, notes and a quiz.

 

Week of 11/12

  • Monday--Students will illustrate notes over the Battle of the Alamo that we read on Friday, and update their Texas Revolution Diaries. (Reminder that these will be turned in for a MAJOR grade when we finish the Texas Revolution completely.)
  • Tuesday--Students will have a daily assignment about some of the important figures from the Battle of the Alamo, predicting their actions after the battle.
  • Wednesday--review for Test 4 and watch The Alamo.
  • Thursday--Test 4 (review posted on iTunesU 11/9)
  • Friday--Finish The Alamo and turn in discussion questions. 

Week of 11/5

  • Monday--Notes over the reading from Friday, covering some early battles of the Texas Revolution.
  • Tuesday--Small group project to design a recruiting poster for the Texas Revolution.  This will be a daily grade due at the end of class.
  • Wednesday--We will read about the Battle of the Alamo. Students will continue to learn note-taking skills while we read and highlight the text.
  • Thursday--Begin watching The Alamo. Students will have a written assignment to complete as we watch.
  • Friday-- Notes over Wednesday's reading. Watch The Alamo if time permits.
  • We will most likely have a test next week...exact date will be published here as soon as it's determined.

Week of 10/29

  • Next week (Nov. 5) we will begin watching The Alamo (2004). Students will be given an opt-out permission slip with more information on Monday. If you prefer your child not watch this video, you may email me to let me know. 
  • Monday--We will meet the infamous Mexican General Santa Anna and start looking at the actions that caused the Texas Revolution. Students will begin completing notes over the reading in the Comic Life format.
  • Tuesday--Students will finish the Comic Life notes over Monday's lesson. They will have a brief biography about Santa Anna to read. There will be questions to answer over this reading. Last day to turn in corrections for Test 3. 
  • Wednesday--We will read a section in the textbook about the continuing conflict between Texans and Mexican government. Students will begin filling in information in their "Texas Revolution Diary" that will be a major grade upon the completion of the Texas Revolution unit. 
  • Thursday--We will watch a video "A Line in the Sand" about the Battle of Gonzales. We will take notes and update our Texas Revolution Diaries.
  • Friday--Students will design a recruiting poster for the Texas Revolution.  This will be a small group (Groups are teacher's choice!) project, due at the end of the class period.

Week of 10/22

  • Monday--Students will create mock Instagram posts depicting their lives as though they were living in Texas in the 1800s. These will be due on Tuesday.
  • Tuesday-- Test 3; topics tested will be "Early Spanish Texas," "The Spanish Missions," "Colonists Rebel," "Anglo Americans in Texas,"  "Colonial Texas," and "Austin's Colony."
  • Wednesday-- We will begin learning about the tensions between Texas colonists and the Mexican government.  Students will take notes after reading a section in the textbook.
  • Thursday--After finishing the notes over the Constitution of 1824 and the Law of 4/6/1830, students will take an open-notes quiz in eBackpack.
  • Friday--We will find out how the conflict between Texans and Mexico are deepening.  Students will have Comic Life notes to complete for a grade.

Week of 10/15

  • Monday--Students will have a graded activity over the vocabulary terms from Anglo Americans in Texas.
  • Tuesday--Students will learn about and take notes over Stephen F. Austin's Colony. 
  • Wednesday--Students will have a graded activity choosing colonists for a colony of their own.
  • Thursday--Students will watch a video and take notes over Colonial Life in Texas; notes will be graded.
  • Friday--Students will create mock Instagram posts depicting their lives as though they were living in Texas in the 1800s. These will be due on Monday, Oct. 23.
  • Test 3 will be on Monday, Oct. 23.  Topics tested will be "Early Spanish Texas," "The Spanish Missions," "Colonists Rebel," "Anglo Americans in Texas," and "Austin's Colony."

Week of 10/8

  • Monday --Students will create memes about the Mexican War for Independence. These will be due at the beginning of class on Tuesday.
  • Tuesday-- We will read a section from our textbook and watch a short video about Early Spanish Texas.
  • Wednesday--Students will learn some vocabulary terms relating to Early Spanish Texas and take a quiz in Quizlet.
  • Thursday-- Q1 District Level Assessment (Benchmark)
  • Friday--We will read a section from our textbook about Anglo Americans in Texas and begin notes.

Week of 10/1

Please Read:

Parents, 

Your student may have mentioned to you that there were significant changes made to the eBackpack app just before school started.  These changes are drastic and broad and have affected teachers and students, making the usual workflow more time consuming and difficult.  Teachers have provided feedback to eBackpack, but so far, no improvements have been made.

Because of this, I will not be using eBackpack for classwork for the time being.  We will still use the eBackpack app for quizzes and tests, but the rest of our classwork will be done on paper until we can switch to Google Classroom.  We will continue to use our iPads for iTunesU and Notability, but anything that must be turned in and graded through eBackpack besides assessments will now be completed on paper.  

Hopefully, this will allow me to stay caught up on grading, and eliminate some of the problems students and teachers have been experiencing on a daily basis.

Please contact me if you have any questions about this change.

 

  • Monday & Tuesday-- We will read several articles and take notes over the Spanish Missions system in Texas.  Notes will be turned in for a daily grade.
  • Wednesday-- Students will complete a mosaic about the Spanish Missions in Texas.
  • Thursday-- Test 2: The Constitution, Preamble and Bill of Rights, Spanish Explorers, LaSalle and Spanish Missions in TX.
  • Friday--We will read and begin notes on Early Spanish Texas.

 

Week of 9/24

  • Monday - Finish reading and notes about Spanish explorers in TX.  Students will have an assignment to complete.
  • Tuesday--read a play about the French explorer LaSalle and his failed expedition to TX. 
  • Wednesday--complete an assignment about LaSalle and begin watching a documentary about the excavation of his shipwreck, LaBelle
  • Thursday--finish documentary and take a quiz.

Week of 9/17

  • Monday - It's Freedom Week! We will watch a Constitution video and take a quiz. Then we will discuss Test Corrections and missing work.
  • Tuesday & Wednesday we will recite the Preamble and cover the Bill of Rights.
  • Thursday & Friday we begin Spanish Explorers.

Week of 9/10/18

  • Monday & Tuesday - We will learn about the four geographic regions of Texas and their subregions.  Students will begin completing a graphic organizer for their notes.
  • Wednesday & Thursday - We will learn about the four major Native Texan groups who lived in each of the regions of Texas.  We will complete our graphic organizer and turn it in for a grade.
  • Friday - Test 1 will cover Primary and Secondary Sources, Mapping Texas and the Four Regions of Texas.

Week of 9/3/18

  • Monday - Labor Day Holiday
  • Tuesday - We will have a crash course intro to Texas with a map of the major cities, rivers, and border states. Map will be a daily grade.
  • Wednesday - We will set up our iPads and get all our Social Studies resources ready to go. 
  • Thursday - Friday We will tackle Primary and Secondary sources. There will be some reading, notes, group/partner activities, and a daily grade mixed in for fun!

Week of 8/27/18

  • This is where you will find a basic weekly agenda including information about upcoming tests and projects. The first week we will be doing a lot of "getting to know each other" activities as well as discussing procedures and expectations.

 

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