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Unit #7: Westward Expansion - Don't Mess With Texas!
Learning Target: I can CREATE a timeline showing the events that led to the annexation of Texas to the United States.

Please complete the steps below to prepare for this assignment:

 Follow the directions below.  You will be creating a tab for your learning targets and a page for this assignment. 
 
 1.  Copy the learning target above into your LiveBinder.  Be sure to include today's date. 

 2.  Create a new tab in your LiveBinder titled "Don't Mess With Texas!". 

 3.  Now click on "content" > "text" > "text-media" option. 


Wagon Leader Activity:

Assignments to Complete:

Chore #1: Even History is BIGGER in Texas!
 
1.  Mount up all you Texas Rangers!  It's time to get to work and remember "Don't Mess with Texas!"  Now as wagon leader you are obliged to tell the other members of your wagon group that "Everything is
     BIGGER in Texas
" including this amazing lesson.  Teaxs is one of the most unique states in the union and has a fantastic history that we will be learning about today.  To get your wagon group started on
     today's journey, ask each member of your wagon group to watch the Yellow Rose of Texas video to set the tone for what you will all be learning about today.  You can have each member of your wagon group
     watch the Yellow Rose of Texas video individually or you can watch it as a wagon group.  Be sure that every member of your group sings along!

2.  Now let's get to some learning!  As wagon leader, ask for a Texas sized volunteer to work on the Wild West Wild Card Activity below.  That student will be doing to basic research about the State of Texas and
     will be sharing the information they learn with the other members of your wagon group.  If no one in your wagon will volunteer for this important chore, you can choose someone.  Make sure this chore gets
     done otherwise who knows what could happen to you on the trail. 

3.  Now ask the other members of your wagon group to explore the resources in boxes 4-6 of the materials.  You should focus your wagon group's attention on the following events:

    - Texas as part of Mexico
    - American Settlers in Texas
    - Battle of Gonzales
    - Battle of the Alamo
    - Battle of San Jacinto 
    - The Lone Star Republic
    - Texas Annexation to the United States

    
Have each member of your wagon group (other than the Wild Card student) write down at least TWO FACTS about each of those topics in their LiveBinder.  As wagon leader, check to make sure that your
     fellow wagon riders are completing this activity.  You can even work together if you would like.  

4.  Have each member of your wagon group look up a definition for the term "Annexation" and write the definition in their LiveBinder textbox. 

5.  Next, as wagon leader, go over the information with your wagon group.  Discuss with your fellow wagon riders the most important facts that should be included in a timeline of Texas history.   As a group, write
     a short summary of each one of these topics.  Please your summaries in your wagon leader's LiveBinder text box. 

6.  Now as a group, use the facts and summaries you wrote down to create a TEXAS SIZED TIMELINE showing the events above.  Be sure that you add the correct "dates" for each event.  Everyone knows that it is
     difficult for 8th graders to get a date so you might suggest using the Internet or the materials to find the dates.  You can create your timeline in PowerPoint or use a TEXAS SIZED sheet of poster paper.  When
     completed, be sure to upload your timeline to your wagon leader LiveBinder.  If you have done a large paper and pencil timeline, be sure to photograph it, email it to yourself, and then upload it to your binder. 

     Check to be sure that you and your wagon group have included the following events: 

   - Texas as part of Mexico
    - American Settlers in Texas
    - Battle of Gonzales
    - Battle of the Alamo
    - Battle of San Jacinto 
    - The Lone Star Republic
    - Texas Annexation to the United States


7.  Be sure to let your wild card wagon member share the information they learned about Texas. 

 ** This is important partner, as wagon leader, check to make sure that each member of your wagon group has completed their chores to avoid any "problems" on the trail!


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 Chore #2: Remeber the Alamo!

1.  The Battle of the Alamo is one of the most famous events in American history.  The story of the Alamo has come to symbolize American ideas of democracy, bravery, and freedom.  Tell the other members of
     your wagon group that you are going to be learning about the Battle of the Alamo and one of the most famous events in American history.  Now as wagon leader give the other members of your wagon group a
     good laugh by having them watch the G
igliotti Rocks The Alamo video.  You can have each member of your wagon group watch the Gigliotti Rocks The Alamo video individually or you can watch it as a wagon
     group.  Let your wagon group know that the music in the background is from a real life rodeo taking place in front of the Alamo walls.  Shout "Yee Haw!" when this is complete.  If you do not shout "Yee Haw"
     when this is complete something bad could happen to your wagon. 


 
2.  The Alamo featured some famous defenders of liberty and freedom listed below.  As wagon leader, assign each member of your wagon group a famous defender of the Alamo.  Ask each member of your
     wagon group to find a picture of their defender and upload it to their LiveBinder text box. 

     Famous Defenders of the Alamo include:
     Davy Crocket
     Colonel William B. Travis
     Jim Bowie 

3.  Now tell each member of your wagon group to use the Internet to research their defender.  In their LiveBinder textbox, each member of your wagon group should list 5 facts about their defender.  Check to
     make sure this important chore is completed by everyone in your wagon.  Less then 5 facts could result in "problems" for you on the trail. 

4.  While the rest of your wagon group is working on this part of the assignment, as wagon leader you are going to learn about the most famous villian during the Battle of the Alamo General Antonio Lopez De
     Santa Anna.    Find a picture of Santa Anna and upload it to your LiveBinder.  Then list your 5 facts. 

5.  Now conduct a group discussion.  Give each member of your wagon group time to share the information they found about their defender.  Tell each member of your wagon group that they are to participate in
     the disucssion by saying the following: "Hello, my famous defender of freedom in the Alamo is ________________.  The five facts I learned about (name) are . . . .  . ."  Be sure each member of your group
     says this otherwise bad things can happen on the trail.  When  they are done, share the information you learned about Santa
     Anna with your wagon group.

6.  Now ask the other members of your wagon group to explore the resources in boxes 8-16 of the materials to learn more about the battle of the Alamo.  Ask each member of your wagon group to list at least
     10
facts about the Battle of the Alamo.   You should have your group focus on the most important facts such as the Who, What, Where, and When of the battle.  As the members of your wagon group are
     working, check to make sure that each is writing down their facts and that the facts cover the most important 5W's.  Otherwise, who knows what could happen to your wagon. 

7.  Once each member of your wagon group has completed their 10 facts, as wagon leader, you are to teach the other students in your wagon group about this famous battle.  To do so, you should use the facts
     that you learned about the Alamo.  You might also want to use the information found on this History Channel Website.  Be sure to tell the "story" of this epic battle in an interesting and an exciting way so that
     the other members of your group can fully understand this chain of events.  If they don't, your wagon group might have serious issues on the trail. 


        
 ** Look dude, this is important!  As wagon leader, check to make sure that each member of your wagon group has completed their chores to avoid any "problems" on the trail!

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Wagon Rider Activity:

Assignments to Complete:

Chore #1: Even History is BIGGER in Texas!
 
1.  Click here "Don't Mess with Texas!"  and then wait for your wagon leader to ask you to watch the Yellow Rose of Texas video to set the tone for what you will all be learning about today. 

2.  Someone in your wagon group will need to complete the Wild West Wild Card Activity below.  If there are no volunteers, your wagon leader will be choosing someone for this important chore. 

3.  Explore the resources in boxes 4-6 of the materials.  You should be sure to follow your wagon leader's instructions as you learn about the following events:

    - Texas as part of Mexico
    - American Settlers in Texas
    - Battle of Gonzales
    - Battle of the Alamo
    - Battle of San Jacinto 
    - The Lone Star Republic
    - Texas Annexation to the United States

4.  Write down at least TWO FACTS about each of those topics in your LiveBinder. 

5.  Look up the definition for the term "Annexation" and write the definition in your LiveBinder textbox. 

6.  Participate in a discussion of these topics.  Assist your wagon leader in writing a short summary for each.  

7.  Ask your wagon leader how you can help create a TEXAS SIZED TIMELINE!  They may have a plan in mind, at least I hope so, as this is a tough spot on the trail. 

8.  Listen and learn more about Texas from you wild card wagon member. 


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 Chore #2: Remeber the Alamo!

1.  The Battle of the Alamo is one of the most famous events in American history.   Wait for your wagon leader to ask you to watch the Gigliotti Rocks The Alamo video..
 

2.  Wait for your wagon leader to assign you a famous defender of the Alamo.  Find a picture of your famous defender and upload it to your LiveBinder. 

     Famous Defenders of the Alamo include:
     Davy Crocket
     Colonel William B. Travis
     Jim Bowie 

3.  Use the Internet to research your assigned defender.  List 5 facts about your defender in your LiveBinder text box. 

4.  While the rest of your wagon group is working on this part of the assignment, as wagon leader you are going to learn about the most famous villian during the Battle of the Alamo General Antonio Lopez De
     Santa Anna.    Find a picture of Santa Anna and upload it to your LiveBinder.  Then list your 5 facts. 

5.  Participate in a group discussion about the famous defenders of the Alamo.   Say: "Hello, my famous defender of freedom in the Alamo is ________________.  The five facts I learned about (name) 
     are . . . .  . ."
  Be sure to listen to the other members of your group as they present.

6.  Explore the resources in boxes 8-16 of the materials to learn more about the battle of the Alamo.  Make a list of at least 10 facts about the Battle of the Alamo.   You should focus on the most important facts
     such as the Who, What, Where, and When of the battle. 

7. 
Listen to your wagon leader tell you the story of the Battle of the Alamo.


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Wild West Wild Card Activity:

Assignments to Complete:

Extra Important Chore!: Some TEXAS sized facts!

 
1.  Hey Ranch hand!  Your extra chore today is to research the following facts about the state of Texas.  Use the Internet to find answers to the questions below.  Place the answers in your LiveBinder text box. 

2.  Share the information with your wagon group.  Ask you wagon leader when they would like you to share.

     TEXAS sized Questions!

     A.  What is the capital of Texas?

     B.  What is the largest city in Texas?

     C.  Where does Texas rank in population compared to the other 49 states?

     D.  What is the state nickname?

     E.  What major river makes up the southern boarder of Texas?

     F.  What other states and bodies of water boarder Texas?

     G.  Which U.S. Presidents where from Texas?

     H.  What happened on November 22, 1963 in Dallas, Texas?

     I.  What is the state flower of Texas?

     J.  What is the Texas state song?

     K.  What are the major industries in Texas?

     L.  Why is Texas allowed to divide itself into smaller states?

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