The fifth unit of "The Spirit of Texas" Texas History curriculum introduces students to the filibusters and empresarios of Texas. The unit includes stories and descriptions of filibusters, the Philip Nolan Expedition, the Gutierrez-Magee Expedition, the James Long Expedition, Jane Long, the Overthrow of the Spanish Empire, the empresario system, Moses Austin, Stephen F. Austin, and other Texas empresarios.
Students begin by reading a short passage (1-2 pages) from the "Daily Reading" text found at the beginning of the unit. Following the silent or oral reading, students will answer the passage comprehension questions, and proceed to the Activity Guide section.
The Activity Guide section offers a multitude of cross-curricular activities related to the topic of the passage read. Math, science, crafts, vocabulary (vocabulary is bold/italicized in the daily reading text), geography, copy work, writing prompts, and many more exercises are described and suggested, along with reproducible worksheets. Also included are recommended books, art to explore, related websites, music and songs to learn, places to visit, and a supply list.
Reproducible handouts to be used to reinforce reading passage concepts include:
A to Z Chart
Comic Strip Template
Copy Work ( Lord Byron, a Spanish exercise, and Mary Austin Holley quote)
Six Flags Activity Chart
Recipes (frijoles and buttermilk pie)
Texas Empresarios Chart
Texas Settlement Map Activity
Additional Suggested Resources
Bibliography and Credits
This unit should keep your students busy and happy for 3-4 weeks!