Students will listen to the letter written by Lt. Col. William B. Travis as the Alamo was under siege as well as a song written about the Alamo to pique their interest. The teacher will discuss “point of view” and relate how it affects writing. Students will read the letter and read a short passage about passage. They will respond to questions correlating to the different texts. Students will construct a letter to their families as if they were a soldier under the command of Travis. In the letter, students will describe the scene around them; discuss how it feels to be defending Texas and what they want their family to know in case they don’t survive. Paper for the letter is included with directions.
§113.6. Social Studies, Grade 4