Symbols of Texas
Students take a poll to see how many official Texas state symbols they recognize. Then they state the main idea of each verse and the chorus of “Texas, Our Texas.” Next they restate the pledge to the Texas flag in their own words and explain the main idea. Finally they propose a new state symbol.
The Role of Active Citizens
Students name the four Texans who have served as U.S. president. Then they learn about three civic organizations and people who have been active in them. Next they learn about three Texans who participated in politics. Finally they identify current officials and how to contact them.
Cultural Life in Texas
Students brainstorm Texan artists. Then they learn about Tejano music as a blending of cultures. Next they research a Texan artist and write a report. Finally, they read a quotation by Sandra Cisneros and reflect on the impact of ethnic or racial identity on artistic expression.
Students read some quotes about Texas and then write a statement of their own. Then they read about famous Texans in many different areas, such as sports and media. Next they learn about medical innovations developed in Texas, and they explain how these innovations benefit society. Finally they create posters expressing what it means to them to be a Texan.