The Mexican War Analyzing Perspectives for and against the War Critical Thinking

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Peacefield History
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6th - 9th
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5 pages - 9 slides
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This was very helpful for my students because they have a hard time understanding the start of the mexican american war. The reading and primary sources were amazing
This is a great resource for helping students see all the different sides of going to war and making it more tangible for them.
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This lesson has students work in pairs to analyze perspectives relating to the outbreak of the Mexican War. Students categorize the documents, and by doing so, they end up closely reading the words. At end of the lesson, the students discuss who they found the most convincing, and are able to analyze the emotions and evidence included in the perspectives.

This worked really well with my students, they loved seeing if they were correct with their analysis!

This lesson plan is linked to NYS Social Studies standards, however, I'm sure you could add standards from your state.

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  • Both digital (Pear Deck and Google Slides) and printable (PDF, PowerPoint and Google Slides) versions of the lesson
  • A 2 page lesson plan

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This version has students analyze each of the resources separately.

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5 pages - 9 slides
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.
Distinguish among fact, opinion, and reasoned judgment in a text.


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