My father and his family were all from Oklahoma therefore I felt it would be only fair if I did a set of bell ringers in his honor. My dad was born in New Mexico, lived much of his life in Oklahoma, got married in Texas and died in Louisiana. So I need to honor him and his father, mother, and sibling with this set. I may later do a set for his home state of New Mexico. He went thru elementary school in Oklahoma and always loved the state.
In my early life I grew up in Texas and later moved to Louisiana. 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 60+ more questions in this set/vol. which is all Oklahoma questions and I will have many more (maybe New Mexico) in the near future.