Star of the Republic Museum

Quest for Freedom

Instructional Objectives (4th Grade)

1. The student will understand why most Texians wanted to be free from the rule of Mexico.

2. The student will understand major events that fueled the Revolution.

 

TEKS

SOCIAL STUDIES History (4.3.A, 4.3.E )  The student can analyze the causes, major events, and effects of the Texas Revolution.  The student can identify leaders important to the founding of Texas as a Republic and state such as Sam Houston.

 

Materials

 

Resources

 

Getting Ready for the Lesson

 

Background information:

1. Reasons that settlers in Texas did not want to be under Mexican rule:

2. Some Texians were loyal to Mexican rule, but more and more resented regulations on immigration and refused to pay the tariffs on imports.

 

Preparation of the Learning Environment

Teacher should print copies of the blank chart entitled "Major Events of the Revolution" for each student.  Teacher should also be prepared to show the pencil sketches from the museum exhibit to the class on the computer, or download them to show the class.

 

TEACHING PROCEDURE:

 

Motivation

Lead the students in a discussion on how they would feel if one day their teacher came into the classroom and informed them that the classroom rules had changed. The new rules were unfair and did not follow the school's policies. Students were also going to be charged a fee for going to recess and going to the library. What would they do?

 

Explanation

Have the students read each of the following articles that detail an event of the Revolution.  The titles below can be found in The Handbook of Texas Online.

 

ANAHUAC DISTURBANCES:

 

BATTLE OF VELASCO:

 

GONZALES "COME AND TAKE IT" CANNON:

 

GOLIAD MASSACRE:

 

ALAMO:

 

LYNCHBURG, TEXAS:

 

VINCE'S BRIDGE:

 

BATTLE OF SAN JACINTO:

 

Practice

The students will use the information from the articles to fill in the chart entitled "Major Events of the Revolution." Each student should have a chart. Teachers may want divide the class into eight groups and assign each event to a different group. They can research the information to fill in their assigned event on the chart, then share their information with the class. The class will fill in their charts, based on each group's presentation.

 

Extension

The students can role play the "Major Events of the Revolution." Using the eight pencil sketches from the museum exhibit to get ideas, each group can present their own interpretation of the event they researched. Props or costumes could be added for a more effective presentation.

 

Evaluation

Groups can be graded on the accuracy of their information.

 

Closure

Have the class vote on whether or not they think Texians should have declared themselves free from Mexico, based on the information they gathered for their charts.