To try and clear up some of these misconceptions we start out with a PowerPoint. This helps us to get all the knitty gritty. It has everything from how the new country was formed, successes, challenges, and information on its leaders.
We take notes from the PowerPoint on our Republic of Texas Fold-Up which houses information on the new country's flag, government, capitol, and relations with Native Americans. In addition to this information, we also make a t-chart in our journals detailing the successes and challenges that the Republic of Texas faced.
After we finish up our notes, which usually take us a couple of days we reflect on our learning with some extension questions.
I finish up the week assessing my students' new knowledge with these Republic of Texas Task Cards. I like to hang them around the room and have students work through them at their own pace, but you could also play SCOOT!
Next week's Texas History Tuesday will be another edition of The Republic of Texas with some activities and extension projects. Be sure to check back!