I start the unit out by reviewing what we learned about the Republic of Texas and we go back over the Successes and Challenges Sort that we completed.
If you aren't one for a debate, this freebie is a great way for students to decide on their own whether they think Texas should be annexed or not with this Letterman style Top Ten List.
Then we have the big reveal... Texas gets annexed into the United States. It never ceases to amaze me that even though students know that we are now part of the U.S. they are shocked to find out that we were annexed. Really, every year at least half the class is surprised. It makes me giggle a little.
this PowerPoint to lead this discussion. I love that it provides a framework for our discussion and keeps us on track.
Books to Support the Unit: