The Texan War for Independence
Grade Level: 10
Subject: United States History I
Duration: 60 minute lesson for two days
NJCCCS: 6.1 Social Skills, 6.4.F. Expansion and Reform (1801-1861)
- To increase the students knowledge of the events in 1830’s Texas
- To increase the students knowledge of key battle and events during the Texas
- To increase the students proficiency in the analyzing cause and effect of historical events.
1.) Students will be able to understand the reason why the Texas territory of Mexico wanted
2.) Students will be able to display knowledge of key terms and concepts of the Texas
3.) Students will be able to identify events of the Texas and key battles.
4.) Students will be able to identify the importance of the results and consequences of the
- overhead digital projector
- Teacher will write three questions on the board for discussion before the lesson
1. What is nationalism?
i. Discuss Mexican independence
ii. Discuss American attitudes
2. What do you think of when you think of a Texan?
ii. Strong willed
3. What was Americas land expansion policy at this time?
i. Manifest destiny
ii. North American domination
1.) Teacher will start the class by asking the students three questions about the leading
factors of the Texas independence:
What do you think of when you think of a Texan?
What is nationalism?
What was Americas land expansion policy at this time?
2.) Teacher will then have the students take out their notebooks for taking notes.
3.) Teacher will use the overhead digital projector for a power point presentation
4.) During the presentation the teacher will cover:
a. Key terms and people
i. Stephen F. Austin
ii. Land Grants
iii. Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna
v. Sam Houston
b. Reason for the rebellion
i. American attitudes
ii. Mexican independence
iii. Manifest destiny
iv. Mexican policy
c. Events of the War on Independence
i. Battle of Gonzales (1835)
ii. Stephen F. Austin
iii. Santa Anna
iv. Declaration of Independence of Texas
v. Battle of the Alamo
vi. Goliad Massacre
vii. Battle of Jacuinto
d. Results of the War
i. Republic of Texas
ii. Annexation of Texas
iii. Texas as a US state
iv. Mexican American War
5.) The teacher then will bring the class down to the library and have them research on
the internet a single defender or aggressor of the Alamo.
6.) The teacher will have the students as an outside project to create a single web page on
7.) The teacher then will compile the pages into a single class web site and have the
students after the completion to explore the web site and write a summary of what
they read and saw.
Assessment of Students:
Students will be assessed on participation at the beginning of the lesson. They will also
be assessed by the note taking. The biggest form of assessment will be the web cage
creation of their historical figure. The last piece of assessment is their web page
summaries of others work.
Teacher will finish by asking the students to share there own research and there findings
in others work on the web page.