Texas History 7th Grade – Immigration in Texas Primary Sources Activity

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Dig deep into the content of the mid-1800’s while your students explore the essential question “How did immigrants contribute to the growth of Texas” through primary sources and background essays.

Students will begin this lesson with a hook analyzing quotes about Texas. They will then read a background essay and discuss three immigrant groups’ contributions to the United States – the Germans, the Czech and the Polish. After they have completed the “Stop and Discuss” Questions embedded into the essay, they will analyze different primary sources on three different documents. An outline will then be used to guide students in the final step, writing an essay using the documents.

When you purchase this activity, you will receive:
-a lesson plan
-a hook based off of primary source quotes
-a 4 page background essay on “Immigration to Texas” in the mid-1800’s.
Stop and Discuss questions embedded into the background essay
three primary source documents including photographs, quotes and charts
graphic organizers for the reading assignments
handouts for guiding students through the essay

Don’t have time for a writing assignment? Consider placing your students into groups of 3 – assign each student a different topic and then debate the essential question!

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