The seventh unit of "The Spirit of Texas" Texas History curriculum introduces students to the Republic of Texas. Reading passages and activities include topics related to Sam Houston's First Term, Mirabeau Lamar's Presidency, the Santa Fe Expedition, Houston's Second Term in Office, the Mier Expedition, and Anson Jones' Presidency.
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
Six Flags Activity Chart
Should Texas Be Annexed to the U.S. Activity
Texas Map Outline
Copy Work (Lamar's Address to Santa Fe)
Copy Work (Houston at Lamar's Inauguration)
Houston and Lamar T-Chart
Comic Strip Template
Additional Suggested Resources
Bibliography and Credits
This unit should keep your students busy and happy for at least 2 weeks!