The Constitution of 1845, early statehood leaders, U.S.-Mexican War, Tejanos and American Indians, immigrants and slaves in Texas.
Early Statehood unit contains 8 learning experiences.
Learning Experiences (Lessons) in Early Statehood Each learning experience takes about 45 minutes to teach in the device-enabled classroom.
The Constitution of 1845
Students learn about the Constitution of 1845 and the three branches of government it defines: legislative, executive, and judicial. Then they explore some unusual additions to the constitution that are not included in today's version, including the ban on banks and limits on public debt.
Early Statehood Leaders
Students learn about important people in Texas during its early statehood. They learn about the first governors, when they served, and how they helped Texas. They examine the biographies of Senators Rusk and Houston and identify important things they did for Texas. Finally, they learn about Jane McManus Cazneau and how she made an impact on Texas.
The U.S.-Mexican War
Students learn about the U.S.-Mexican War. They explore issues that caused the war. Next, they identify important people involved in the war. Then, they analyze the different battles of the war.
Texan Response to the U.S.-Mexican War
Students identify the terms of the Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo. Then, they analyze issues that plagued Texas after the war, including slavery and the Texas border. Finally, they evaluate who benefitted most from the Compromise of 1850—the North or the South.
Tejanos and American Indians in the State of Texas
Students learn about discrimination against the Tejanos and Native Americans in Texas. They read how the Tejanos felt like they did not belong in Texas (the U.S.) or Mexico. They analyze the issues facing the Native Americans and how the federal and state governments tried to solve their problems. Finally, they examine a letter from a Texas Ranger to Governor Pease about treatment of Native Americans.
The Attraction of Texas for Immigrants
Students learn about nineteenth-century European immigration to Texas. They learn that Texas had a lot to offer the immigrants, including land, low taxes, and political and religious freedom. They examine what the Germans, French, and Polish immigrants brought to Texas and how various immigrant groups impacted Texas. They analyze some primary sources from German immigrants to learn first-hand about their lives.
African American Slaves in Texas
Students learn about slavery in Texas. They describe slavery and the many hardships facing the slaves. Then they identify some of the jobs that the slaves held. Next, they use a database to see how the number of slaves in Texas increased from during the Republic of Texas years and to predict the trend during the early statehood period. Finally, they analyze classified ads for slaves and draw conclusions about the slave owners' view of slaves.