Why did the civil war in Texas, which began in response to Santa Anna's coup, turn into a war for Texan independence? Why was Texas annexed to the United States rather than remain an independent country? In this lesson, students read parts of the Texas Declaration of Independence, military letters, and an abolitionist pamphlet to explore different causes for independence and statehood in Texas.


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I really appreciate how this lesson ties into previous learning. The connections students can make to the Declaration of Independence and 1776 is a wonderful way to learn about another event later in American history. It provides a way to have relevant discussions related to past learning. It's the best way students can understand new information and be excited about it.
The best thing about this lesson is that it is such a thorough look at different perspectives. It really adds depth to the lesson on why Texas declared independence- the textbook barely explains it at all!
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