The tenth unit of "The Spirit of Texas" Texas History curriculum introduces students to Texas in the Twentieth Century. Topics covered within this unit include: the Great Galveston Storm of 1900, Oil, Origins of Oil and Natural Gas, Changes For Women and Minorities, World War One, Texas Following World War One, the Great Depression, the Dust Bowl, the New Deal, World War Two, Texas After World War Two, Cities and Highways, and Texas and the Cold War.
Students begin by reading a short passage (1-2 pages) from the "Daily Reading" text found at the beginning of the unit. Following the silent or oral reading, students will answer the passage comprehension questions, and proceed to the Activity Guide section.
The Activity Guide section offers a multitude of cross-curricular activities related to the topic of the passage read. Math, science, crafts, vocabulary (vocabulary is bold/italicized in the daily reading text), geography, copy work, writing prompts, and many more exercises are described and suggested, along with reproducible worksheets. Also included are recommended books, art to explore, related websites, music and songs to learn, places to visit, and a supply list.
Reproducible handouts to be used to reinforce reading passage concepts include:
A to Z Chart
Oil in Texas Activity
Comic Strip Template
Shape Poem Activity
Copy Work (soldier's letter home)
I Have, Who Has Game
Additional Suggested Resources
Bibliography and Credits
This unit should keep your students busy and happy for at least 3 weeks!