Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Start the class with Local Trivia

Every morning I receive an update from KWTX in my Google Reader. They are almost always interesting and great for curious minds. Here is an example of this morning's update:

"Good morning, it’s Monday December 20 and it’s shaping up as a pleasant day in Central Texas. It’s the 124th anniversary of the opening of the Texas hotel where nearly a half-century later a future president had his first date with a future first lady. Do you know what it is?"

When you click on the link, it takes you to the rest of the story. I thought this would be neat to write on the board each morning (omitting the weather reference). Then read the class the answer. This would build the students' knowledge of local history and trivia. This would make a great addition to a Texas history classroom. To take it a step further, I might add a few of these on a test as bonus point items.... just a random thought this morning!

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