The idea for this project was sparked by my children after a visit to the Alamo. They were intensely interested, but as California kids, this wasn't included in their social studies curriculum, so they knew little about it. A docent at the museum suggested The Boy in the Alamo.
I created this interactive book project—designed to be used on a computer or tablet (perfect for iPads or Chromebooks!)—to help them understand more of what they were reading. When we stopped to visit a cousin in Texas, she said it would be perfect for a friend of hers who taught, so I expanded it and sought out copyright friendly images so I could share it with her and offer it here. Included in this document are questions and activities designed to aid and deepen comprehension and spark critical thinking—all in line with Common Core. More than 30 links to websites are embedded in this document, so your students are just click away from activities, additional research, videos, and more.
It can be used individually for one or two students in a reading group or as a class. You can use all or part of it. One teacher told me she assigns a few questions at a time for homework. With many enrichment links included, this is ideal for early finishers who are constantly asking, "Now what do I do?" It's also great for homeschoolers because it provides the perfect platform for doing an in-depth, cross-curricular novel study combining language arts with social studies (history of Texas, Westward Expansion, Mexican-American War, figurative language).
I am always mindful of students and try to balance video, audio, images, quizzes, and reading to keep them engaged and to expose them to diverse media.