A New Deal for Texas State Parks

A New Deal for Texas State Parks is an e-book that tells the story of Texas State Parks, from a dream to reality and now, a legacy - thanks to the hard work of the men of the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Great Depression. Resources include the downloadable EPUB and accessible PDF version, worksheets and associated vocabulary.

Teacher Guide

A New Deal for Texas State Parks is an e-book created for Texas students. It details the story of Texas State Parks, from a dream to reality and now, a legacy.

How to read the e-book:

  • The e-book is designed for use on iPads and works on Apple computers.
  • It may work on Chromebooks, though we haven't tested it.
  • Use e-book reader software to read on a PC; some functionality may be lost.
  • For students with vision impairments, please download the accessible PDF version.


The e-book comes with:


The book has links to downloadable worksheets for your students. These are fillable, accessible forms. However, fill-in functionality does not work on iPads. Here are the links to the worksheets if you would prefer to print them out for your students:

TEKS Alignment

Following are the social studies TEKS covered in this e-book.

Fifth grade:

  • 5.5(A): Explain the significance of issues and events of the 20th century such as, industrialization, urbanization, the Great Depression, the world wars, the civil rights movement, and military actions.
  • 5.5(C): Identify the accomplishments and contributions of individuals and groups such as Susan B. Anthony, Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, Cesar Chavez, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Ronald Reagan, the Tuskegee Airmen, and the 442nd Regimental Combat Team in the areas of civil rights, women's rights, military actions, and politics.

Seventh grade:

  • 7.1(A): Identify the major eras in Texas history, describe their defining characteristics, and explain the purpose of dividing the past into eras, including Natural Texas and its People; Age of Contact; Spanish Colonial; Mexican National; Revolution and Republic; Early Statehood; Texas in the Civil War and Reconstruction; Cotton, Cattle, and Railroads; Age of Oil; Texas in the Great Depression and World War II; Civil Rights; and Contemporary Texas.

Eighth grade:


Alliances –an association created to further the common interests of the members.

Prosperity – flourishing economic activity resulting in wealth for a large number of people.

Economic depression – a period of economic decline characterized by high unemployment, low levels of production, and business failures.

Drought – sustained period with no precipitation and restricted water access

Veteran – a person who has served in the military.

Dictators – rulers who have total control and authority over a nation.

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