This lesson has students work in pairs to analyze perspectives relating to the outbreak of the Mexican War. Students categorize the documents, and by doing so, they end up closely reading the words. At end of the lesson, the students discuss who they found the most convincing, and are able to analyze the emotions and evidence included in the perspectives. You can view more in the preview here.
This worked really well with my students, they loved seeing if they were correct with their analysis!
This lesson plan is linked to NYS Social Studies standards, however, I’m sure you could add standards from your state.
Included in this resource:
Classroom Version (PowerPoint and Google Slides):
- 1 slide for reviewing the start of the Mexican war
- 8 slides for categorization
- 2 page lesson plan
- 8 primary sources – edited for clarity and comprehension (on two pages)
- 1 page graphic organizer/ exit ticket
Digital Version (Pear Deck and Google Slides):
This version has students analyze each of the resources separately.
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