This is a Reading & Social Studies lesson presenting Texas’ history from 1836 to 1853. The informational text starts with Texas changing from being a free republic to becoming the 28th state of the United States in 1848. It uses a map and also tells what land above the Rio Grande Mexico claimed and Texas disputed in the Mexican War. It explains the terms of the peace treaty and it shows on another map the Mexican Cession of 1848. It also shows on the map the Gadsden Purchase as the text explains that Arizona and New Mexico were bought in the Gadsden Purchase. It ends with sharing the contributions of early Mexican-Americas to the United States, which in 1853 stretched from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean. There are a total of 18 reading comprehension questions divided into 3 sets of Fill-In the Blanks; Map Skills; and a Crossword Puzzle. The questions are largely literal reading comprehension skills requiring students to locate details to finish sentences (fill-in the blanks); use map skills to find places and apply directions: north, south, east, west; and locate details and finish sentences in order to complete a crossword puzzle. In addition to the informational text, you get a map of Texas/Mexico, a map of the United States and a crossword puzzle. The lesson can serve as a helpful test prep if you are teaching about the Mexican Cession and Gadsden Purchase in Social Studies. It is also a way for students to acquire knowledge about historic changes between Texas and Mexico. Additionally, the lesson can stand on its own purely as a reading lesson giving students an opportunity to improve their reading skills. The lesson is 4 pages and the fifth page is the answer key. It is a word document from which you can easily print copies and even edit if necessary.
You might want to use this lesson along with my other product named Reading Comprehension: History of Texas 1821-1836 with 25 Questions.