This Quick Read and accompanying assignments can used for a variety of purposes. If you are a Social Sciences or an English Language Arts teacher, you can use this to supplement and fulfill your informational text Common Core requirements. I have included an ELA vocabulary activity for students who need more practice with how to understand words in context or ESL students who might need to strengthen their vocabulary.
This article includes details about David Crockett, his political career, and his role in the battle at the Alamo. I find it useful to discuss what students know about David Crockett prior to reading this article and use it as a way to talk about how these legendary figures were created and how they helped establish the "Wild West" myths.
In addition, this article is a great way to discuss how the battle at the Alamo began a decade long struggle over Texas and its fight for independence. Texas was a sovereign nation for approximately 10 years before the Mexican American war that ended with the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo in 1848. Mexico was forced to give the United States gave territory to the United States that would eventually become California, Nevada, Utah, New Mexico, and Arizona.