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Operationalizing a Reading Culture at Rio Hondo Junior High

Description: A rural Rio Grande Valley school has continuously performed below the state average on the reading portion of the State Assessment of Academic Readiness. One of the concerns expressed amongst teachers and staff is the student’s lack of desire to read for pleasure or for academic purposes. This study examines the attitudes of students and staff in towards reading by focusing on the school’s reading culture. A mixed methods approach consisting of interviews, participant observation, a focus group, and a survey was employed in this study. The study found that the teachers and students maintained two polarizing perceptions of their reading culture. Based on these findings the following recommendations were made: create a literature-centered curriculum, increase and vary the selection of school library books, and align teachers’ perception with the students’ perception to create a unified reading culture.
Date: August 2015
Creator: Manning, Victoria Nicole
Partner: UNT Libraries

[Postcard of a donkey hauling water]

Description: Photograph of a donkey hauling water in Port Isabel, Texas, attached to a different postcard written by Byrd Williams, Jr. from his home in the Ysleta community in El Paso.
Date: 1919
Creator: Williams, Byrd M. (Byrd Moore), Sr. & Williams, Byrd M. (Byrd Moore), Jr.
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Port Isabel lighthouse]

Description: Photograph of the Port Isabel lighthouse near Padre Island in Texas. Byrd Senior photographed the lighthouse to make postcards for his store in Gainesville, Texas.
Date: 1890~
Creator: Williams, Byrd M. (Byrd Moore), Sr.
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Diamond Bessie & The Shepherds

Description: This volume of the Publications of the Texas Folklore Society contains popular folklore of Texas, including folk dramas, myths, folk music, stories about farming and agriculture, religious folk stories, and information about folk customs, dances and folk art. The index begins on page 157.
Date: 2017
Creator: Hudson, Wilson M.
Partner: UNT Press

The Sky is My Tipi

Description: This volume of the Publications of the Texas Folklore Society contains a collection stories about the Kiowa and Apache Indians, coyotes and other animals, cooking, and other miscellaneous folklore. The index begins on page 237.
Date: 2017
Creator: Boatright, Mody Coggin
Partner: UNT Press

[News Clip: Gilbert / Padre]

Description: Video footage from the KXAS-TV/NBC station in Fort Worth, Texas, to accompany a news story. This story aired at 10pm.
Date: September 17, 1988
Creator: KXAS-TV (Television station : Fort Worth, Tex.)
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Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[News Clip: Gilbert / Padre]

Description: Video footage from the KXAS-TV/NBC station in Fort Worth, Texas, to accompany a news story. This story aired at 6pm.
Date: September 17, 1988
Creator: KXAS-TV (Television station : Fort Worth, Tex.)
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Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[News Script: Padre]

Description: Script from the WBAP-TV station in Fort Worth, Texas, covering a news story about the dedication of the Padre Island Causeway in Port Isabel.
Date: July 4, 1954
Creator: WBAP-TV (Television station : Fort Worth, Tex.)
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[News Script: Nudes]

Description: Script from the WBAP-TV/NBC station in Fort Worth, Texas, relating a news story. This story aired at 6:00pm.
Date: April 5, 1969, 6:00 p.m.
Creator: WBAP-TV (Television station : Fort Worth, Tex.)
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

Annual Meeting of the Texas Society, Sons of the American Revolution, 1993

Description: Program for the 98th annual meeting of the Texas Society Sons of the American Revolution, held from March 12 through the 14, 1993 in the Fort Brown Motor Hotel, in Brownsville, Texas, including a list of sessions for the meeting and related information about the organization and conference. The meeting was called to order by President Dr. David Yeilding in the Fortress Room of the Hotel.
Date: March 1993
Creator: Sons of the American Revolution. Texas Society.
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections