Drawing upon the increasing popularity of graphic or illustrated novels among young readers, Texas Tales Illustrated: The Revolution is an innovative retelling of the Texas revolution for independence, sure to become an invaluable classroom resource. Author Mike Kearby and illustrator Mack White designed the book for use in seventh grade Texas history courses in response to a need for more interactive textbooks, which will appeal to the learning styles of students in today’s overwhelmingly…
Buffalo Music, by Tracey E. Fern; illustrated by Lauren Castillo (2008). For ages 4-8. "Inspired by the work of Mary Ann Goodnight, a pioneer credited with forming one of the first captive buffalo herds in the 1800s, this is the beautifully told and illustrated tale of one woman’s quest to save what otherwise would have been lost forever." (Website) 2008 winner of June Franklin Naylor Award for Best Book for Children on Texas History.
Wild West is the theme of this storytime kit that includes instructions on how to make your own kit for early learning at the library, with a list of books, a puppet, a flannel board story, and all of the documents to make your own boxes to house them in.
Martín de León: Tejano Empresario. By Judy Alter with illustrations by Patrick Messersmith (2007). For fourth-graders studying for the Texas history standardized test. "Don Martín de León was the only Tejano empresario to settle a colony in Texas, in the days before statehood. … [He] established his colony in southeast Texas … and founded the city of Victoria. … His sons actively supported the Texas fight for independence by giving money and goods to the Texas Volunteers." (Website)
Ann Richards: A Woman’s Place is in the Dome. By April D. Stumpff (2006). For fourth-graders studying for the Texas history standardized test. “Ann Richards was one of the best-known and beloved governors in Texas history, the only woman to be elected to that office on her own merits. But she was also a controversial figure, having been elected after admitting to struggling with alcoholism and divorce, and being a Democrat in a Republican state to boot.” (Website)
Political Parties. By Edmund Lindop (1997). For ages 10 and up. "Provides a history of political parties in the United States, along with insights about their inner workings and the role they play in the political process." (Website)
Our Texas. By Jackie Mims Hopkins with illustrations by Craig J. Spearing (2010). For young readers. “From King Ranch to the Alamo on through the capital city of Austin, explore historical sites, learn about the people who helped Texas develop, and discover the natural beauty of this dynamic state. [This book] takes readers on a tour of the cities and wilderness of this larger-than-life state.” (Website)
This is a 7-10 day lesson plan for 4th graders to 8th graders. Included are math lessons, geography, daily journals, and lots of fun. My students were so involved, they were worried about what was going to happen to their cattle over the weekend!