Let’s talk about exciting ways to teach the Texas Revolution era of Texas History!
The Texas Revolution is one of my students’ most favorite units of the year, I think it is only beat out by Texas Symbols, because it has become such legend in Texas culture. Everyone has heard of The Battle of the Alamo and has seen the Come and Take It flag. I think John Steinbeck said it best, when he said that Texas is a state of mind, and we certainly do feel that way.
I like to start the unit by comparing what life was like in Texas prior to the Revolution. We create a quick and easy anchor chart comparing Texas under Spanish rule and then under Mexican rule. We have a little discussion on if things were getting better or worse, and why students think that.
Then we move into the Decree of April 6th. I start with another anchor chart where we list the major point and discuss what it meant for people already living in Texas in addition to people who were trying to come to Texas from the United States.
Students also complete their own fold-up with the information of the Decree of April 6th in their own words. At this point we usually take some time to read up on the war and people involved. I have listed some of my “usual suspects” below at the end of the post.
We also create a map of where the different battles of the Revolution took place. My students are always fascinated with how close we are to so many of the battle sites and I often hear from families later that they were inspired to visit them.
Of course you can find all of these items and more in this Texas Revolution Unit or each of the individual items in my store.
My favorite books for this unit include:
For the Love of Texas: Tell Me About the Texas Revolution
Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales: Heroes of the Alamo
The Texas Revolution
Causes and Effects of the Texas Revolution
Inside the Alamo
Susanna of the Alamo
Voices of the Alamo
What Was the Alamo?