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Activity Overview

The Annexation of Texas was a great victory for the United States. Both the acquisition of territory and military successes benefited the economy and standing of the U.S., and like with every land acquisition, continued to grow the reach of the country. But before the Annexation was Texas' fight for independence, something equally important in the history of the state and America as a whole.

Using a grid storyboard, students will examine both Texas’ fight for independence, as well as its eventual annexation into America as a state. One row will be used to explain Texan Independence and the other will focus on the Mexican-American War, in which Texas is fought for and won. Students will focus on major figures, major events, significance, and effects in regards to Texas as a territorial acquisition. Students will then analyze and connect Texas’ own fight for independence, and their eventual path to statehood, with America’s overall history of expansion.

This activity can be broken into smaller pieces among groups, if desired. One group can focus on Texan Independence,another group on the Annexation of Texas, or students can complete one column of the grid.

Extended Activity

Have students research the history of Mexico and their path to becoming an independent nation. This will give a more global perspective on Texas as a territory, and a more expansive history of the land, culture, and people of South Central North America. Use the grid storyboard layout detailing both French and Spanish control of the region, and Mexico’s path to independence.

Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 9-12

Difficulty Level 2 (Reinforcing / Developing)

Type of Assignment Individual or Group

Template and Class Instructions

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Student Instructions

Create a storyboard examining the Texan fight for independence and their annexation into the United States.

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Label the title boxes "Major Figures", "Major Events", "Significance", and "Major Effects".
  3. In the top row, write a summary for each as it relates to Texan Independence.
  4. In the bottom, do the same for the Annexation of Texas.
  5. Create an illustrating using appropriate scenes, characters, and items.
  6. Save and submit your storyboard.

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