Texas Revolution Reading and Writing Activity

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In this activity, students will learn about the Texas Revolution as they visit four different stations in a museum-like experience. At each station, your students will be exposed to primary source images, quotations, maps and readings as they learn about the key events in the Texas Revolution.

The activity begins with a provocative quote from Travis’s letter and question – What would you be willing to fight for? Print the presentation for directions, a graphic organizer, images, maps, primary source quotes, biography images and summaries of the key events. As your students travel through the Texas Revolution Museum they will create diary entries as eye-witness accounts to the Texas Revolution. The activity concludes with a higher level choice activity.

Topics Include:
-Battle of Gonzales
-Battle of Goliad
-Siege and Capture of San Antonio (Battle of Bexar)
-Siege and Battle of the Alamo
-The Massacre at Goliad
-The Battle of San Jacinto

You will receive:
Teacher directions
A Diary Graphic Organizer
Presentation with student directions
Signs for the different stations: The Early Battles, The Battle of the Alamo, The Goliad Massacre and The Battle of San Jacinto
Placards with primary source images, quotes, biographic images and maps
Readings for each of the topics

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4th Grade TEKS:
(3) History. The student understands the importance of the Texas Revolution, the Republic of Texas, and the annexation of Texas to the United States. The student is expected to:
(A) analyze the causes, major events, and effects of the Texas Revolution, including the Battle of the Alamo, the Texas Declaration of Independence, the Runaway Scrape, and the Battle of San Jacinto;
(B) summarize the significant contributions of individuals such as Texians William B. Travis, James Bowie, David Crockett, George Childress, and Sidney Sherman; Tejanos Juan Antonio Padilla, Carlos Espalier, Juan N. Seguín, Plácido Benavides, and José Francisco Ruiz; Mexicans Antonio López de Santa Anna and Vicente Filisola; and non-combatants Susanna Dickinson and Enrique Esparza;

7th Grade TEKS:
(3) History. The student understands how individuals, events, and issues related to the Texas Revolution shaped the history of Texas. The student is expected to:
(B) explain the roles played by significant individuals during the Texas Revolution, including George Childress, Lorenzo de Zavala, James Fannin, Sam Houston, Antonio López de Santa Anna, Juan N. Seguín, and William B. Travis;
(C) explain the issues surrounding significant events of the Texas Revolution, including the Battle of Gonzales, William B. Travis's letter "To the People of Texas and All Americans in the World," the siege of the Alamo and all the heroic defenders who gave their lives there, the Constitutional Convention of 1836, Fannin's surrender at Goliad, and the Battle of San Jacinto;

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