Academic journal article International Journal of Instructional Media

Texas Ranch House: Interactive Programming from Thirteen/WNET

Academic journal article International Journal of Instructional Media

Texas Ranch House: Interactive Programming from Thirteen/WNET

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INTRODUCTION

Produced by Thirteen/WNET and Wall to Wall Television, TEXAS RANCH HOUSE follows in the path of COLONIAL HOUSE and provides a stimulating look at life in the United States in the 1860s. The eight-part series shows life in Texas from a variety of perspectives and includes an interactive website and additional resources for teachers and students to explore.

THE SERIES

The eight episodes of TEXAS RANCH HOUSE bring modern day individuals face-to-face with the realities of ranch living, manual labor and all the domestic and other tasks necessary to daily work and survival. The episodes center on a family, the Cookes, and bring to life the positive points and tensions they encounter among themselves and others living in the local area. The eight episodes are:

1. A Home On The Range

2. The Good, The Bad & The Colonel

3. The Cookie Crumbles

4. The Great Divide

5. Showdown at the Cooke Corral

6. Lord of the Plains

7. Blazing Trails

8. The Reckoning

THE INTERACTIVE WEBSITE

The website for TEXAS RANCH HOUSE is more extensive and interactive than the one developed for COLONIAL HOUSE. Here, students may take interactive tests on the local history, experience a cattle drive, listen to cowboy slang or visit the Cooke ranch. …

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