The DRT announces:
"The Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library Committee is pleased to announce that the 2008 June Franklin Naylor Award for the Best Book for Children on Texas history is awarded to author Tracey E. Fern and illustrator Lauren Castillo for Buffalo Music, published in 2008 by Clarion Books in New York. The announcement was made Friday evening, May 15, by Connie Impelman, Chairman of the DRT Library Committee, at the 118th Annual Convention of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas in Killeen, Texas."
This interesting option self-describes itself as: "
Welcome to the Texas History Mystery video conference project. This project is designed for 4th and 7th grade students studying Texas History. Through video conference technology students are able to meet other students while learning about important historical events and figures.
Prior to the video conference each classroom will create a presentation with clues about their ONE mystery event, person, location, or invention. The other classrooms, using maps, the Internet, textbooks, and other resources, will try to discover the mystery event presented by each of the participating classrooms.
Quick Links for Teachers and Building Coordinators
See more at http://texashistorymystery.pbworks.com/
Todd B. Freese demonstrates the adaptability of one electronic format (powerpoint) into another (his blog). His presentation on the latter half of Texas history is embedded into one of his blog postings, "Texas History Review," at http://www.toddbfreese.com/2009/05/19/texas-history-review/
The 30 slides combine summarizing narrative (often bulleted) with photographs. The viewer advance from slide to slide at their own pace.
To press the possibilities, one could create a separate, fuller powerpoint for each slide in the review. That may be what he's doing in the day-to-day classroom.
Texas State Library and Archives Commission provides several documented lessons on Texas history via their online exhibits. Other depositories would serve Texas well by similar works that integrated their holdings into learning opportunities. Self-described from http://www.tsl.state.tx.us/exhibits/index.html
Mrs. Cheshire, of Bastrop's Middle School, has posted her summary curriculm of Texas history online at
Galena Park ISD has posted its 35 weeks (59 pages) of Texas history curriculum with attention to TAKS and TEKS at
Nat and Leslie show how its done one day. And the rewards.
Texana Mike Kearby, Spur winning novelist of the Free Parks trilogy, offers an insightful article on the "Hypocrisy of Culture" at Isnare. Kearby's novels' plots are set in Texas' multi-cultural frontier times after the Civil War.