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The following lesson plans and enrichment activities are designed to be used in 4th or 7th grade classrooms to engage students in the story of Washington on the Brazos. The lesson plans, based on the 5-E model (Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, Evaluate), are TEKS aligned and designed to be used in conjunction with this website.

Lesson Plans

Colonial Life in Texas
Synopsis: Students will use primary sources to compare and contrast colonial technology with modern technology. Students will then watch the video In Washington Town and identify characteristics of a colonial town. After students have a feel for colonial life, they will examine the events that will lead to the Convention of 1836 in Washington-on-the-Brazos. In closing, students will create a flyer that will encourage others to live in Washington-on-the-Brazos.
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The Convention of 1836: Grievances to Independence
Synopsis: Why did Texas want to be independent from Mexico? This lesson teaches the reasons for the Texans' desire for independence through the grievances included in Declaration of Independence written at the Convention of 1836.
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The Ordinary or Extraordinary Men of the Convention of 1836
Synopsis: Students will examine the background of men who participated in the Convention of 1836 and explain how they impacted the Texas declaring independence from Mexico.
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In Washington Town Teacher Overview and Tips
Tips and additional activity ideas for using this Website in your classroom.
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Timeline of Independence
Text and images from the interactive timeline on this Web site, in PDF format.
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Additional Enrichment Suggestions
Tips and additional activity ideas for using this Website in your classroom.
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Additional Quotes and Sources
Texians had plenty to say about the conditions they encountered in early Texas. Find out what they were saying and why they felt Texas should declare its independence from Mexico.
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