Welcome to the Educators Guide for the Legends Project, designed to help you integrate the story of Charlye O. Farris and other regional legends into your 5th and 6th grade curriculum. This guide aligns with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) standards and provides activities, resources, and discussion points to enhance students’ understanding of local history and the impact of notable individuals in their community.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the contributions of Charlye O. Farris and other regional legends to Texas and United States history.
  • Explore themes of perseverance and civic engagement.
  • Develop critical thinking and research skills through interactive activities.

Social Studies TEKS Alignment

5th Grade

  1. TEKS 113.16(b)(1)(A)
    • Content: Landmark legal cases and civil rights movements involving Charlye Farris.
    • Objective: Describe significant events in Charlye Farris’s life, such as Brown v. Board of Education, and analyze their impact on U.S. history.
  2. TEKS 113.16(b)(4)(B)
    • Content: Timeline of Charlye Farris’s life and career.
    • Objective: Create a timeline to understand the sequence of historical events and their relevance.
  3. TEKS 113.16(b)(18)(A)
    • Content: Contributions of Charlye Farris and other African American leaders.
    • Objective: Identify and explain the contributions of Charlye Farris, comparing them with other notable African American figures.

6th Grade

  1. TEKS 113.18(b)(1)(A)
    • Content: Detailed account of Charlye Farris’s early life and career milestones.
    • Objective: Examine how individuals’ lives are influenced by historical events and geographic factors.
  2. TEKS 113.18(b)(17)(A)
    • Content: Segregation and desegregation efforts.
    • Objective: Analyze how these movements shaped societal structures and individual lives.

Language Arts TEKS Alignment

5th Grade

  1. TEKS 110.7(b)(6)(A)
    • Content: Articles and stories about Charlye Farris.
    • Objective: Draw inferences from the text and provide textual evidence to support understanding.
  2. TEKS 110.7(b)(8)(A)
    • Content: Descriptions of events and people.
    • Objective: Write a summary focusing on main ideas and key details.

6th Grade

  1. TEKS 110.22(b)(6)(A)
    • Content: Biographical information and timelines.
    • Objective: Make complex inferences about the text and provide evidence to support conclusions.
  2. TEKS 110.22(b)(10)(A)
    • Content: Reflections and accounts of historical events.
    • Objective: Compose reflective pieces or biographical sketches inspired by the newspaper content.

Supporting Activities

  1. Timeline Creation: Create a timeline of Charlye Farris’s life events and significant historical milestones.
  2. Biographical Sketch: Write a biographical sketch of Charlye Farris, highlighting her contributions and impact on civil rights.
  3. Comparative Analysis: Compare the contributions of Charlye Farris with other historical figures like Thurgood Marshall and Ruby Bridges.
  4. Word Search and Vocabulary: Use the provided word search and vocabulary lists to reinforce key terms related to the civil rights movement and legal terminology.

Lesson Plan: Create your Own Clay (page 7)

Subject Areas

  • Art (5th and 6th Grade)
  • Science (5th and 6th Grade)
  • English Language Arts (5th and 6th Grade)


  • Students will learn how to create their own clay using simple materials.
  • Students will develop skills in sculpting and creative expression by making a bust sculpture.
  • Students will practice following procedural text and instructions.

TEKS Alignment


  • 5th Grade: (1)(A), (2)(B), (2)(C), (4)(A)
  • 6th Grade: (1)(A), (2)(B), (2)(C), (4)(A)


  • 5th Grade: (5)(A), (6)(A)
  • 6th Grade: (5)(A), (6)(A)

English Language Arts

  • 5th Grade: (10)(A), (11)(A), (12)(A)
  • 6th Grade: (10)(A), (11)(A), (12)(A)

Lesson Plan: Clay Portraits

Lesson Plan: Discover Local Legends (page 8)

Subject Areas

  • Social Studies (5th and 6th Grade)
  • English Language Arts (5th and 6th Grade)
  • Art (5th and 6th Grade)


  • Students will identify and learn about significant historical figures or legends in their local community.
  • Students will develop research skills by gathering information about a local legend.
  • Students will present their findings creatively through writing and art.

TEKS Alignment

Social Studies

  • 5th Grade: (2)(A), (2)(B), (24)(A), (25)(A)
  • 6th Grade: (2)(A), (2)(B), (24)(A), (25)(B)

English Language Arts

  • 5th Grade: (6)(D), (10)(A), (11)(A)
  • 6th Grade: (6)(E), (10)(A), (11)(A)


  • 5th Grade: (1)(A), (2)(B), (2)(C), (4)(A)
  • 6th Grade: (1)(A), (2)(B), (2)(C), (4)(A)


  • Paper and pencils
  • Colored pencils, markers, or crayons
  • Drawing paper
  • Internet access or library resources for research
  • Copies of the “Discover Local Legends in Your City” activity page


Introduction (10 minutes)

  1. Discuss the concept of legends and how they can be famous people or local heroes who have made a significant impact on their community.
  2. Explain that students will be researching and presenting a local legend from their city.

Activity Part 1: Choose Your Local Legend (15 minutes)

  1. Have students brainstorm and list potential local legends in their community. These can include historical figures, community leaders, or even family members who have made a difference.
  2. Instruct students to choose one person from the list to research further. They should write down the name of their chosen legend and why they selected this person.

Activity Part 2: Research Your Local Legend (30 minutes)

  1. Guide students on how to conduct research using the internet, library resources, or by interviewing people who know about their chosen legend.
  2. Provide guiding questions to help students gather information:
    • What did this person do that was special or important?
    • How did their actions affect the community?
    • What challenges did they face and overcome?
    • Why do you think they are a legend?
  3. Have students take notes on their findings.

Activity Part 3: Write About Your Local Legend (30 minutes)

  1. Instruct students to write a short report or paragraph about their local legend, including the information they gathered.
  2. Encourage them to include specific examples of the person’s achievements and impact on the community.

Activity Part 4: Draw Your Local Legend (20 minutes)

  1. Have students draw a picture of their local legend, either from memory or using a reference photo.
  2. Encourage creativity in how they represent their legend’s achievements or qualities.


  • Review students’ reports and drawings for understanding of the concept of a local legend.
  • Check for specific examples and clear explanations in their writing.
  • Evaluate the creativity and effort put into their drawings.

Reflection (10 minutes)

  • Discuss as a class what makes someone a legend in their community.
  • Talk about the different qualities and actions that were highlighted in the students’ work.
  • Reflect on how students themselves can aspire to be legends in their own communities by helping others and making positive choices.


  • Local or school library and online resources for research


  • Encourage students to take pride in their research and creative work.
  • Remind students that legends can be found in their own communities and that their actions can make a difference too.


  • Create a “Legends Wall” in the classroom or school where students can display their reports and drawings.
  • Invite local community leaders or historians to speak to the class about other local legends and their impact on the community.