Tom Lea Institute Teaching Resources
The Tom Lea Institute is here as a source for educators, with state-of-the-art lessons prepared and ready to use electronically or as printed materials –
free of charge. Resources are provided by the generosity of our donors and grants.
The following district partners are using our curricula:
El Paso ISD, Canutillo ISD, Ysleta ISD, San Elizario ISD, Dell City ISD, Fredericksburg ISD, St. Clements Parish School, Radford School.
Tom Lea Institute curricula have been developed in consultation with district curriculum directors to ensure they target high priority topics and exemplify state-of-the-art pedagogy.
All blended curricula include:
Social studies or history, the primary focus
English or ELR
Character qualities (social-emotional)
Critical thinking and active learning skills
Rich primary sources
Adaptable for cross-curricular teaching
Tours conducted by TLI in the borderland region are available and at the National Museum of the Pacific War in Fredericksburg, TX.
Typically, there are 6-8 lessons included and activities for project-based learning.
Professional development and all materials are available free of charge to teachers, schools/school districts, private/charter schools, and homeschools.
to Learn more about our education programs and how to implement the curriculum,
Our History Through the Murals of Tom Lea
SS: study of their local community by examining the impact of significant individuals and events on the history of the community
Lea murals: A Franciscan Friar Showing a Book to Indians in the 17th Century,
Las Cruces, NM; Pass of the North,
El Paso, TX.
Mighty Horses on El Camino Real
SS: learn how diverse individuals have changed their communities, specifically the Oñate expedition, map reading.
Three video game modules, class lessons, readers' theater.
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Tom Lea, José Cisneros paintings,
John Houser Equestrian Monument
Awakening the Giants of our History
SS: history of Texas from the early beginnings to the present within the context of influences of North America
Lea’s Pass of the North mural
grades 4-6 camp
Awakening the Giants of our History
12-16 hours of interactive lessons teaching art, regional history, ELR and character qualities.
Lea’s Pass of the North mural, Mexican revolution art
The Mexican Revolution Through the Eyes of Tom Lea,
José Cisneros, & Posada
SS: synthesize how the events of the Mexican Revolution impacted El Paso in the larger context of the Progressive movement leading up to WWI, Women’s Suffrage and Prohibition.
Paintings, drawings and photos of Tom Lea, José Cisneros, & Posada
We Live on a Volcano STEAM Camp
12 hours: geography, chemistry, natural history experiential lessons present within the context of influences of North America
Tom Lea’s landscapes
What’s the Big Deal About the New Deal?
Six lessons: Concepts of the Depression, New Deal & WPA
7 murals painted by Tom Lea as part of the WPA program
Uncommon Valor: WWII Through the Eyes of Admiral Chester Nimitz
and Tom Lea
SS: US History WWII Pacific theater, Pearl Harbor, island hopping, Battle of Midway, atomic bomb, Admiral Nimitz
Dramatic films, Lea’s WWII art for LIFE magazine
Awakening the Giants of Our History: Artistic Legacy of El Paso
A half-day mural tour designed to reinforce the Awakening the Giants of our History curriculum. Appropriate for grades 2-12.
Tom Lea & José Cisneros in the Mexican Revolution
Students walk approximately one square mile around downtown El Paso in a tour designed to reinforce the Intsitute's Mexican Revolution curriculum. Appropriate for grades 5-10.
The curricula are made possible by the generosity of:
Texas Comission on the Arts
The Brown Foundation
The Pruett Foundation
El Paso Electric
The Chiu Family
David R. Schmidt
The Admiral Nimitz Foundation