By Jeff Carroll. BEING TEXAN is a collection of over 100 stories about people. Whoever they were, wherever they came from and whenever they arrived makes little difference. They all contributed something toward making Texas what it is today – good, bad or indifferent. They all are a part of the much larger story of Texas history, just as you are contributing your part of the story today. It is designed not only for the enjoyment of the casual reader who simply likes a good story but also as a supplement for use in classroom settings and for home schoolers. The stories are arranged chronologically so that, in sequence, they illustrate many topics found in a standard textbook. Each story also illustrates a variety of the “Essential Elements” for the teaching of Texas history and geography at the 7th grade level and advanced Texas studies at the 9th through 12th grade levels, as required by the Texas Education Agency. No one story can cover all of the Essential Elements, but, together, all of them are covered many times over. BEING TEXAN, like Texas, is a “State of Mind” reminding us that we are one with those who came before.