Texas Legacy site hosts a variety of educational curricula, lesson
plans, keys and ideas, and supporting media, including video,
databases, transcripts and other material. Below you can find
the TEKS standards for Humanities, section 110.55(b) with relevant
activities drawn from this archive.
The student reads widely to recognize writing as an art form:
Excerpts of TEKS Text
(A) read widely to understand
authors' craft and to discover models to use in his/her own
A number of authors have participated
in the TexasLegacy.org project, and they represent a variety of
art forms and movements that students can learn from.
Read the work from authors in the archive, including
Phyllis Glazer, John Graves,
Schmidly, Genevieve Vaughan,
Diane Wilson and others.
While there is certainly overlap, each writes in his own style,
and often in largely distinct genres. For example,
Marjorie Adams, Betty Brink, Lou Dubose, and Michael King might
be considered journalists who cover current events. Carol Cullar, Fran Sage and Robin Doughty are poets; Andy
Wilkinson, Gary Oliver and Bill Oliver are songwriters.
Genevieve Vaughan and Pete Gunter write in the vein of
philosophy and ethics. Jim Blackburn, Fred Dahmer, Dan
Lay, Andy Sansom, and David Schmidly write in the general area of
history. Scooter Cheatham and Kenneth Seyffert are
more technical, verging into the area of natural science
writing. Diane Wilson and Phyllis Glazer might be best
considered as memoirists. As rooted as it is in
current concerns, Daniel Quinn's work uses the tools of
fantasy or science fiction. Similarly interested in
current events, Char Miller takes a retrospective look as a
Compare the work of two or three of these authors, and try to
understand how the genres that they work in fit with the
subjects that they write about, and the audiences that they
write for. How can you put these models to use in your own
(B) recognize the major historical and
cultural movements as reflected in various art forms;
(D) read literary responses to
political, social, and philosophical movements;
Many of the authors in
the TexasLegacy.org have used their literary skills to
respond to and comment on political, historical, social and
philosophical movements of the day, giving humanities students
opportunities to see the interplay between literature and many
Read the works by
John Graves which
have straddled the line between literature and political
commentary. His contribution to the Water Hustlers,
an essay critiquing the builders of dams, channels and pipelines
is a more straightforward response, in comparison with the more
lyrical approach of his novel and memoir, Goodbye to a River.
video excerpt where Mr. Graves, as he discusses the line
between propaganda and literature.
Read the philosophical essay,
and then watch her
video excerpt to better understand how her philosophical
work is part of her reaction to the broad political and social
currents of our times.
many books, including There's Nothing in the Middle of the
Road But Yellow Stripes and Dead Armadillos and If the
Gods Had Meant Us to Vote, They Would Have Given Us Candidates.
Then watch the extended
video excerpt about his Populist upbringing and
attitude. Think about how his writings respond to the
social and political changes in the United States.
(E) identify elements of literary
narrators deal with serious attitudes about real events of the
day, they bring a variety of creative tools for their
expression, including satire, farce, and fantasy.
Watch as the Pulitzer
prize-winning editorial cartoonist,
Ben Sargent, describes how he creates his cartoons that
satirize many affairs of the day.
farcical song, The Texas Water Plan Calypso, where he
lampoons the grandiose plans of the state to move water from the
Mississippi to the High Plains.
Ishmael series, the fantasy or parable about the
life we share with the many other creatures on the planet.
(C) identify the elements common to
literature and other fine arts;
(F) develop and apply criteria for
evaluating literary works and other art forms; and
(G) read widely to see connections
(commonalties) that literature shares with fine arts.
archive is fortunate to have examples of artistic expression in
a variety of areas, including literature, filmmaking,
photography, printmaking, and other areas that provide ways to
find the elements common to all forms of art.
Consider artists that
work in several areas, and see how they express different or
similar ideas in their different venues. For instance,
look at Gary Oliver's
editorial cartoons, and then listen to his songs. Or, read
poetry and then look at her etchings. See how each of
these artistic efforts complements or supplements the other.
Look at how artists with
different skills and media interests work together.
For example, read the photoessay, Texas Lost, that
Andy Sansom wrote
with the photographer, Wyman Meinzer. Similarly, look at
how Jim Blackburn's
text and Jim Olive's photographs balance and complete one
another in The Book of Texas Bays.