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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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Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

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

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

[News Script: Ike arrives]

Description: Script from the WBAP-TV station in Fort Worth, Texas, covering a news story about President Dwight D. Eisenhower arriving in Texas to dedicate the newly constructed Falcon Dam on the U.S.-Mexico border.
Date: October 18, 1953
Creator: WBAP-TV (Television station : Fort Worth, Tex.)
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

The Use of Music Activities with Retarded Latin-American Children

Description: The purpose of this study is to demonstrate the use of certain music activities in meeting some of the needs peculiar to a group of older, retarded Latin-American children. It is an effort to determine whether certain music activities may or may not help to give Latin-American children a more satisfying school experience and better equip them to live in the Anglo-American society of which they have become a part.
Date: August 1952
Creator: Nelson, Gwendolyn
Partner: UNT Libraries

Cyrtonaias tampicoensis, Specimen #153

Description: One preserved mussel specimen including the right valve only. The specimen exhibits an oval shape; moderately thick shell; single looped beak sculpturing; white internal coloring; tan external coloring; no external sculpturing. Collected in the Nueces basin. The specimen measures between 100 - 120 mm in length and was assessed to be relatively-recently dead when collected.
Date: August 23, 1974
Creator: Britton, Joseph
Partner: Elm Fork Natural Heritage Museum

Cyrtonaias tampicoensis, Specimen #154

Description: One preserved mussel specimen including the right valve only. The specimen exhibits an oval shape; moderately thick shell; single looped beak sculpturing; white internal coloring; tan external coloring; no external sculpturing. Collected in the Nueces basin. The specimen measures between 100 - 120 mm in length and was assessed to be relatively-recently dead when collected.
Date: August 23, 1974
Creator: Britton, Joseph
Partner: Elm Fork Natural Heritage Museum

Cyrtonaias tampicoensis, Specimen #144

Description: One preserved mussel specimen including the right valve only. The specimen exhibits an oval shape; moderately thick shell; single looped beak sculpturing; white internal coloring; tan external coloring; no external sculpturing. Collected in the Nueces basin. The specimen measures between 60 - 100 mm in length and was assessed to be relatively-recently dead when collected.
Date: August 23, 1974
Creator: Britton, Joseph
Partner: Elm Fork Natural Heritage Museum

Cyrtonaias tampicoensis, Specimen #145

Description: One preserved mussel specimen including the left valve only. The specimen exhibits an oval shape; moderately thick shell; single looped beak sculpturing; white internal coloring; brown external coloring; no external sculpturing. Collected in the Nueces basin. The specimen measures between 0 - 60 mm in length and was assessed to be long dead when collected.
Date: August 23, 1974
Creator: Britton, Joseph
Partner: Elm Fork Natural Heritage Museum

Cyrtonaias tampicoensis, Specimen #146

Description: One preserved mussel specimen including the right valve only. The specimen exhibits an oval shape; moderately thick shell; single looped beak sculpturing; white internal coloring; reddish-brown external coloring; no external sculpturing. Collected in the Nueces basin. The specimen measures between 0 - 60 mm in length and was assessed to be relatively-recently dead when collected.
Date: August 23, 1974
Creator: Britton, Joseph
Partner: Elm Fork Natural Heritage Museum

Utterbackia imbecillis, Specimen #1287

Description: One preserved mussel specimen including the left valve only. The specimen exhibits an oval shape; thin shell; double looped beak sculpturing; white internal coloring; off-white external coloring; no external sculpturing. Collected in the Nueces basin. The specimen measures between 0 - 60 mm in length and was assessed to be relatively-recently dead when collected.
Date: August 23, 1974
Creator: Britton, Joseph
Partner: Elm Fork Natural Heritage Museum

Utterbackia imbecillis, Specimen #1288

Description: One preserved mussel specimen including the left valve only. The specimen exhibits an oval shape; thin shell; double looped beak sculpturing; white internal coloring; off-white external coloring; no external sculpturing. Collected in the Nueces basin. The specimen measures between 0 - 60 mm in length and was assessed to be long dead when collected.
Date: August 23, 1974
Creator: Britton, Joseph
Partner: Elm Fork Natural Heritage Museum

Utterbackia imbecillis, Specimen #1289

Description: One preserved mussel specimen including the left valve only. The specimen exhibits an oval shape; thin shell; double looped beak sculpturing; white internal coloring; no external sculpturing. Collected in the Nueces basin. The specimen measures between 0 - 60 mm in length and was assessed to be subfossil when collected.
Date: August 23, 1974
Creator: Britton, Joseph
Partner: Elm Fork Natural Heritage Museum

Cyrtonaias tampicoensis, Specimen #143

Description: One preserved mussel specimen including the right valve only. The specimen exhibits an oval shape; moderately thick shell; single looped beak sculpturing; white internal coloring; tan external coloring; no external sculpturing. Collected in the Nueces basin. The specimen measures between 60 - 100 mm in length and was assessed to be relatively-recently dead when collected.
Date: August 23, 1974
Creator: Britton, Joseph
Partner: Elm Fork Natural Heritage Museum

Cyrtonaias tampicoensis, Specimen #147

Description: One preserved mussel specimen including both the left and right valves. The specimen exhibits an oval shape; moderately thick shell; single looped beak sculpturing; white internal coloring; tan external coloring; no external sculpturing. Collected in the Nueces basin. The specimen measures between 60 - 100 mm in length and was assessed to be relatively-recently dead when collected.
Date: August 23, 1974
Creator: Britton, Joseph
Partner: Elm Fork Natural Heritage Museum

Cyrtonaias tampicoensis, Specimen #148

Description: One preserved mussel specimen including the right valve only. The specimen exhibits an oval shape; moderately thick shell; single looped beak sculpturing; white internal coloring; reddish-brown external coloring; no external sculpturing. Collected in the Nueces basin. The specimen measures between 0 - 60 mm in length and was assessed to be relatively-recently dead when collected.
Date: August 23, 1974
Creator: Britton, Joseph
Partner: Elm Fork Natural Heritage Museum

Cyrtonaias tampicoensis, Specimen #149

Description: One preserved mussel specimen including the right valve only. The specimen exhibits an oval shape; moderately thick shell; single looped beak sculpturing; white internal coloring; reddish-brown external coloring; no external sculpturing. Collected in the Nueces basin. The specimen measures between 0 - 60 mm in length and was assessed to be long dead when collected.
Date: August 23, 1974
Creator: Britton, Joseph
Partner: Elm Fork Natural Heritage Museum