Texas Revolution Lesson Plan

Instructor: Kevin Newton

Kevin has edited encyclopedias, taught middle and high school history, and has a master's degree in Islamic law.

This lesson plan will help make sure your students never forget the Alamo, as well as making sure they understand the lead-up to the independence of Texas from Mexico.

Lesson Objectives

After completing this lesson plan, your students will be able to:

  • describe the events that led up to the Texas Revolution
  • analyze how the Texans started to feel more independent and less Mexican


60 minutes

Curriculum Standards


Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources.


Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.


Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.

Key Vocabulary

  • Tejas
  • Stephen Austin
  • Alamo
  • San Jacinto


  • Start by asking if it is ever okay to disobey the law. Take a few minutes to discuss then introduce the text lesson.
  • Distribute and read the lesson The Texas Revolution: Lesson for Kids, stopping for key terms and the following points:
    • Why did the Mexicans want people to move to Texas?
    • What were some of the differences between the Mexicans and the Americans?
    • How does the Texas Revolution resemble the American Revolution?
  • Review the key vocab and answer any lingering questions.

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