Students will be assigned to read either William Barret Travis’ Letter, “The People of Texas & All Americans in the World” (Document A) or Santa Anna’s “Letter Explaining Why the Alamo Defenders Had to Be Killed” (Document B). Vocabulary definitions have been added to the footnotes. After reading, they will complete the primary source analysis. In the next step, students will complete the jigsaw by answering the questions together with their partners.
The primary source texts in their original, unedited form can be found through the Texas State Library and Archives Commission.