I was born and went thru elementary school in Texas and still love the state. I have followed the Cowboys, Oilers, Astros, Rangers, Spurs etc foy years. When we moved to Louisiana my love of my new state took a while to grow on me but it did.
I have been teaching Louisiana history for over a quarter century and have learned a bag of tricks over the years just to get my students ready for my upcoming lessons. This is Vol. 4 – the Texas Edition of my many bell ringers.
One of my tricks had them start thinking the minute they walked into our classroom. It's nothing new really but it got them to know I meant business and we had VERY limited time each class period.
Most of these bell ringers were only 'graded' on following directions and most of them are open-ended so that they could write whatever they wanted. You will need to know your own state history if you are going to keep up with them.
I used most of them for EXTRA CREDIT but they got a feeling of being special in my class. The answers were not hard but made them think and do it in a very limited time – generally one to five minutes.
Most of these bell ringers can be used with any history text. I used them in my own Louisiana history classes. I generally gave my students a point a day if they got it right – which most of them got, or no point if they got any part of it wrong. It never mounted up to a large part of their grade except as I added them all up during the six/nine weeks it could become a big part.
There are 100+ more questions in this set/vol. which is all Texas questions and I will have many more in the near future.