Texas ABC Book Project
You will be making your own Texas ABC book. This will be a fun way to learn more about our state, to show what you have already learned, and demonstrate your creativity and research skills! You will be making connections between representations of Texas and their relevance to Texas history.
Resources: C.O.W. to find Texas websites, nettrekker.com, social studies textbook, library resources, your home computer, power point software, and Q is for Duck.
Directions for activity:
You will research, from the resources stated above, Texas information for each letter of the alphabet which will be complied into a Texas ABC book.
Your book must include:
four official state symbols
three Texas towns or cities
two Texas rivers
five men and/or women important to Texas history
the four regions of Texas
The Battle of the Alamo
Since there are 26 letters in the alphabet, you can come up with your own ideas for the rest. You can do more of each of the above, those are the minimums. I will provide a checklist.
For each letter of the alphabet you will pick a word that doesn’t start with that letter, and write an introductory sentence for the page making a connection to a word that does begin with that letter. (For example, D is for coyote because coyotes wake up at dawn. C is for Lady Bird Johnson because she planted colorful flowers beside the Texas highways). You must state the Texas connection in that first sentence.
For each letter, you will write a paragraph (at least 5 well developed, well written sentences) that gives more information about the topic chosen and how it relates to Texas history. Each letter/ page must have a colored illustration-either done by hand or copied from clip art or the internet. The harder letters (X, Y, and Z) can be done phonetically-words do not have to actually start with those letters.
The book can be typed or handwritten, but be consistent throughout the book (all typed or all handwritten.)
You must cite source of information for each letter. (For example, give name of book or website address) at bottom right of page.
The book must have an original front cover and a plain back cover for support.
Be sure the front cover has a title, your name as the author, and the date.
Bind the book using the method of your choice.
You must turn in specific pages on required due dates.
You will show completed books to c lass and choose three pages/letters to share aloud with the whole class.
Each student will take one letter and turn it into a powerpoint slide. (4 people will do 2 slides) It will need to contain 5 bullets of information from that page of your book. Follow all design principles of powerpoint software. We will join all 26 together into a class powerpoint presentation! I will assign the letter.
Power Point Book Report
For the first completed genre bingo book of this six weeks, create a PowerPoint presentation, include a series of slides with the following information:
1. Cover slide: title, author, your name, class, date
2. Setting (time + place=mood)
3. Characters with a bulleted descriptors and character traits
4. State of the main character's conflict (problem) and how it is resolved (solution)
5. Use a quote from the book to illustrate a character, the setting, or the mood. Include a sentence or two explaining how the quote shows character, setting, or mood. Include page number.
6. List 5 major events (in order) from the story.
8. Insert a picture that depicts the story and its theme.
9. Reference slide (title, author, publisher, date) Example: