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Texas Revolution and the Mexican-American War: Student Journalists Tell All!
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In this activity students are introduced to the movement for Texas independence as well as the Mexican-Ameircan through two pieces of student-friendly text and easy-to-use graphic organizers.
In this first part of this lesson (Texas Independence), students are introduced to the major players, such as Sam Houston, General Santa Anna, the Battles of the Alamo, San Jacinto, and Goliad. Students complete a graphic organizer detailing key people and events before advancing to the Mexican-American War. The activity is the same for this event, but here students learn about the United States war with Mexico, including the dispute over the Nueces and Rio Grande rivers, General Zachary Taylor, President James Polk, and the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo.
Students read both handouts ("Texas Independence" and "The Mexican-American War") then complete the graphic organizer to organize their thoughts before completing their news cast assignment. Once the class is on the same page, the class moves on to become journalists!
This resource includes a paper in-class version and a 1:1 Google compatible version to be used in conjunction with Google Classroom. Just follow the included instructions for how to access the Google version, then share the resource through Google or assign via Google Classroom. This will allow students to type directly into the document!