From there we move onto discussing the Republic of Texas itself with this fold-up. It details four main attributes of the Republic; the flag, the government, the capital, and the relationship with Native Americans. I have given this information to students lecture style through this PowerPoint. We stop and discuss each point, and then students write under each tab in their own words.
One thing that my students have found very interesting about the Republic of Texas is that in those ten years there were three different capitals. Living just south of Austin they all thought that Austin had always been the capital, and it blows their minds to find out that it just isn’t so.
Another hot topic during this unit is the Texas Rangers, and no I’m not talking Dallas baseball here, but instead the law enforcement agency.
They have a long and storied past within the culture and security of Texas, along with a celebrity face that no one can forget. Yes, I am talking Chuck Norris.
Yes, even fourth graders know Chuck Norris, and I usually tell them that they have one minute to get out all their Chuck Norris jokes before we move onto the real information.
I have not been able to find any literature that holds it’s weight for this unit, but would love to hear from you in the comments if you have!