I never envisioned my having my own students create a list of each parish in our state but as I began to travel around the state I realized how important it may be for them to 'travel' where money and time may not allow them. It became one our favorite projects. I would not allow them to do 'our own' parish, but they could do any of the other 63 parishes. My students just love the idea that I was open to their own ideas and did not judge them on their ideas or artwork. Which after years of doing this activity, they all began to look forward to creating their own parish info. They got to express how much THEY had learned about each parish. They got to 'travel in their mind' to each part of the state. I was open to their own interpretation of events, places, people within the state.
I have just figured I wanted others to get the same enjoyment from what I learned and seen from my own travels around the state in my 27 years teaching Louisiana history.
Once I finish this series, I plan to begin a series called "Barzare Places" based on my travels with my 8th grade Louisiana History club and one of my favorite students , editor of our school newspaper and Beta student.