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Teaching more than just textbook facts
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Crystal Gill and Mercedes Gomez hold a copy of an old newspaper about the King Ranch. Their seventh-grade class at Pawnee studied the ranch this past year as part of the Texas history course with Lacy Pogue.
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Pawnee Junior High Texas history teacher Lacy Pogue wants his students to learn more than just the facts and figures found in their textbooks.

He wants them to understand how ranches in this area impacted people.

“Since our area is a ranching area, I feel it is very important they know the history,” he said.

Their textbook doesn’t focus on the detailed history of each ranch.

“In the book there is a map and it shows the ranches of Texas. In our area it is the King Ranch (that is most significant),” he said. “Naturally we are going to discuss the one closest to us.”

Pogue, whose first teaching job some 50 years ago was in a horse stable at the King Ranch, said he knows many of the stories from the early days of the ranch which aren’t found in the textbooks.

It was in about 1863 and the Civil War was in its second year.

“The Union soldiers came looking because (Richard King) was selling cattle to the Confederates,” Pogue said. “His wife saved his life.

“His wife made him go out and hide in the pasture.”

Had King been found by the soldiers, he likely would have been killed, Pogue said.

Along with lectures and hands-on activities, Pogue also uses movies about the time to give his students a visual demonstration of life back then.

Accompanying all of this are the projects the students do throughout the year.

This year, students created a collage of barbwire from this area, maps of the trail drives and a matting of an old newspaper which tells the history of the King Ranch.
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