The sixth unit of "The Spirit of Texas" Texas History curriculum introduces students to the story of the Texas Revolution. Reading passages explore the Law of April 6, 1830, Anahuac & the Battle of Velasco, the Battle of Nacogdoches, Santa Anna, the Conventions of 1832 & 1833, Austin's Trip to Mexico, the Battle of Gonzales, March to Goliad & San Antonio, the Consultation in San Felipe, the Battle of the Alamo, the Convention of 1836, the Massacre at Goliad, the Runaway Scrape, and of course the Battle of San Jacinto.
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 ( 3 separate exercises)
Changing the Rules Game
Growing Unrest Simulation
Battles of the Texas Revolution Chart
Revolution Calendars to fill in with important dates
3-D Alamo Activity
Juan Seguin chart
Double Venn Diagram
I Have, Who Has Texas Revolution Game
Texas Revolution Cause and Effect Chart
Additional Suggested Resources
Bibliography and Credits
This unit should keep your students busy and happy for 4-6 weeks!