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  • Common Core alignment to "Reading: Literature and Subject-related Content" is to 3 key phrases:
    "Particular Topic", "Grade Relevant Text and Subject Area" and "Context".
  • CCSS Alignment Strand Numbers for Specific Grades:
    Particular Topic= "CCSS.ELA-Literacy." precedes these numbers: 4.6. 5.6, 6.6, 7.6, 8.6, 9-10.6, 11-12.6
    Grade & Subject-Relevant Text/Area= "CCSS.ELA-Literacy." precedes these numbers:
    (Reading: Informational Text) RI.2.4, RI.3.4, RI.4.4. RI.5.4, RI.6.4, RI.7.4, RI.8.4, RI.9-10.4, RI.11-12.4
    (Reading: Literature) RL.2.4, RL.3.4, RL.4.4. RL.5.4, RL.6.4, RL.7.4, RL.8.4, RL.9-10.4, RL.11-12.4
    Context= "CCSS.ELA-Literacy." precedes these numbers: 2.4a, 3.4a, 4.4a, 5.4a, 6.4a, 7.4a, 8.4a, 9-10.4a, 11-12.4a

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    Texas History Vocabulary Word List (315)
    A)Account, Adventure(r), Alamo, Alliance, Ambush, Annexation, Attack
    B)Bandits, Bare necessities, Barefoot, Battle Cry, Beads, Beset, Blockade, Bluff, Boots, Boundaries, Branding, Brave, Bronco, Buffalo
    C)Cabin, Caddo Indians, Captive, Cattle, Cattle Drive, Challenges, Chaps, Chicano, Claim, Clash, Coast, Colony, Combative, Confederacy, Conflict, Contribution, Corral, Cotton, Courage, Cowboy, Cowboy Boots, Cowboy Hat, Critters, Crockett, Crops, Culture
    D)Danger, Davy, Decimate, Defeat, Defender, Defense, Defenseless, Destructive, Difficulties, Discovery, Downstream, Dreams
    E)Earth, Elevation, Empresarios, Encounter, Encroachment, Endeavor, Endure, Energy, Enforcement, Exhaustion, Expanse, Expectation, Expedition, Experience, Exploration, Explore, Exultation
    F)Farming, Farms, Fatigue, Fertile, Fierce, Fiesta, Fighting, Forests, Forge, Fort, Foster, Freedom, Friendships, Frontier, Frontiersmen
    G)Gas, Gather, Goal, Granite, Graves
    H)Habitat, Hardy, Harsh, Haul, Herd, Hero, Hides, Hike, Hillside, Historic, Homestead, Horseback, Horses, Hospitable, Hostility, Hunger, Hunt
    I)Illusion, Imagination, Immigrant, Immune, Impassable, Incident, Independence, Indians, Indigenous, Individual, Industrious, Influence, Ingenuity, Inhabitant, Injury, Insistence, Intercept, Interpretation, Intrepid, Irrigate, Isolation
    J)Join, Journey
    K)Killing, Kin, Kindred, King Ranch, Knives
    L)Land, Land-grant, Landscape, Large, Launch, Leader, Legacy, Limitations, Livestock, Locality, Lodging, Lone, Longhorns, Loss, Lucky
    M)Manufacturing, Map, March, Massacre, Maverick, Maximize, Mexico, Migrant, Minerals, Mining, Miscreant, Mission, Missions, Misstep, Misunderstanding, Mosquitoes, Motivation
    N)Natural Gas, Notable
    O)Oil, Oil Field, Opportunity, Oppressive, Opt, Optimism, Outbreak, Outcropping, Outdoorsman, Outpost
    P)Painstaking, Panhandle, Perilous, Perseverance, Petroleum, Plains, Possession, Preparations, Prevention, Pristine, Protection, Provisions
    Q)Quarters, Quest, Quick, Quiet, Quiver
    R)Radicals, Raid, Railroads, Range, Rebellion, Record, Recovery, Recruit, Reload, Remote, Repellent, Republic, Resilient, Resistance, Resources, Retreat, Revere, Revolution, Rifle, Rio Grande, Risk, Role, Rope, Rot, Route, Rugged, Rural, Rush
    S)Sage, Seize, Settlements, Settler, Significant, Site, Skirmish, Soil, Span, Spanish, Specimen, Spirit, Stages, Stamina, Star, Stare-down, State Fair, Strategy, Strength, Strong, Supper, Supplies, Survey, Survival, Sustain, Sustenance, Symptoms
    T)Tejas, Ten-Gallon hat, Tension, Tepee, Territory, Terror, Test(ing), Texas Rangers, Ticks, Tidelands, Toil, Tomahawk, Trace, Traders, Trading post, Trail, Trapper, Travelers, Traverse, Trek, Tribes, Trust
    U)Ultimate, Unbelievable, Understanding, Unfamiliar, Union, Unite, Unpopulated, Unrest, Unusual, Urgent
    V)Valiant, Valor, Vanquish, Vaquero, Venison, Vicious, View, Village, Violation, Violence, Virus, Vital
    W)Wagon, Waive, Walking, Wander, Waylay, Wealth, Weary, Westward, Wince, Work, Wounds
    Y)Yell, Yelp
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