The resources listed on TeachingTexas.org are divided into nine basic "types". Each item then has an appropriate grade level designation, a general topic area, keywords as appropriate, the appropriate Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) correlation(s), and the organization or "source" of the item. Each piece of information and where it comes from are listed below.
- Online Primary or Secondary Sources
- are an online collection of primary and secondary source material, electronic exhibitions, encyclopedias, journals, etc. which provide knowledge on a topic.
- Lesson Plans
- are online curricular materials that provide teachers with strategies, activities, and worksheets for teaching students.
- Audio-Visual Materials
- are items such as videos, audio recordings, podcasts, interactive materials and websites, etc. which are available online and in formats such as DVD and VHS.
- Staff Development
- includes online and in-person training for educators intended to provide social studies content or teaching strategies.
- Speakers or Presenters
- are individuals or groups with expertise on a given subject or who portray historical characters or events for use with educators or students.
- Books, Guides, or Other Materials
- are print materials such as fiction, non-fiction, curriculum guides, and other media intended to broaden the knowledge of educators or students.
- Museum Exhibits or Programs
- are permanent and/or temporary exhibits and associated programming found at museums or historic sites that is intended for educators or students.
- Student Programs
- are programs intended to teach knowledge or skills and/or enrich the educational experience of students and their teachers.
- Special Events
- are events or celebrations tied to specific dates which are beneficial to the knowledge of educators and/or students.
Each item is assigned to 4th or 7th Grade (or both) based on the appropriateness of the audience. Most content knowledge for educators is assigned to both grade levels.
The topic(s) or time period on which the resource is focused is correlated to the existing structure used for the Handbook of Texas Online.
Keywords are selected based on the content of the resource and should be useful in locating the main idea or focus of the resource. This will be applied by the reviewers if no keywords are suggested.
Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS):
The TEKS can be designated by the person suggesting the resource, but will be added as appropriate by the reviewers who are ensuring that all necessary information is in place. At present all items on the site are correlated to the current standards which go into effect in the Fall of 2011.
The organization which created or hosts the resource will be listed.