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This engaging, flipped lesson on the controversial Mexican-American War is differentiated to meet the diverse needs of our middle school students.
A flipped lesson is one in which a student completes an assignment at home and then comes to class the next day with the completed assignment. The assignment is then used by the teacher to drive instruction that day. Please bear in mind that many flipped lessons involve the use of technology for the assignment…this lesson does not. Instead, I use a traditional handout that students complete and then use that handout to drive the motivational activity for the lesson the following day.
In this lesson, students begin the "flipped" part of the lesson by completing a homework assignment in which they read basic background information regarding the border dispute that started the war. A map accompanies the reading as well. Then, pretending they are a member of Congress in 1846, students make a judgement as to whether or not they would have approved Polk’s request for a declaration of war.
The lesson begins the next day when students enter the classroom with their homework and participate in a four-corners activity in which they stand in a corner of the room with students who had the same opinion. After a class discussion, students return to their seats and complete document analysis for and against the Mexican-American War. They must cite text-based evidence in their answer. The lesson continues with the results of the war, including major points of the Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo. Finally, students watch a 7 ½ minute video that summarizes the main points of the war and also how Mexicans view the war today.
This download includes:
1. A lesson plan explaining the above activities in greater detail
2. Student handout for "flipped" part of lesson
3. Student handout for classwork including primary source document analysis and brief video analysis