The Mexican Revolution Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Help your students understand the causes, events, aftermath, and effects of the Mexican Revolution with this lesson plan. Students will watch two video lessons explaining these components, apply concepts to discussion and activities, and take a quiz.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • explain the causes of the Mexican Revolution
  • list events of the Mexican Revolution
  • describe the aftermath and effects of the Mexican Revolution


2 lessons, 1 - 1.5 hours each


  • Access to the internet
  • Name tags

Key Vocabulary

  • The Mexican Revolution
  • Porfirio Diaz
  • No re-election
  • Dictatorship
  • James Creelman
  • Francisco Madero
  • Plan de San Luis Potosi
  • Pancho Villa
  • Pascual Orozco
  • Emiliano Zapata

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.9-10.2

Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of how key events or ideas develop over the course of the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.9-10.3

Analyze in detail a series of events described in a text; determine whether earlier events caused later ones or simply preceded them.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.9-10.4

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary describing political, social, or economic aspects of history/social science.

Lesson One - Causes and Initial Events of the Mexican Revolution

  • Title the board 'The Mexican War' and have students start a section in their notebooks as well.
  • Create subtitles labeled 'Causes of the Mexican Revolution,' 'Leaders of the Mexican Revolution' and 'Events of the Mexican Revolution.'
  • Instruct students to take notes in these two areas as the lesson plays, then start the lesson video The Mexican Revolution: Causes & Initial Events.
  • Pause at 5:14 and have students answer the following questions in partner pairings:
    • What role did the dictatorship of Porfirio Diaz play in the cause of the Mexican Revolution?
    • How was Diaz a dictator?
    • Why did the Creelman interview turn Mexico into a boiling pot of water?
    • Who was Francisco Madero?
  • Play the remainder of the video lesson and divide students into small groups.
  • Ask groups to list the leaders from their notes, describing them and their roles in the Revolution.
  • Discuss as a whole group, writing each leader on the board along with a description.
  • Pass out a blank timeline to each student and have them work in small groups to fill it out, then share together.
  • Take the quiz to check understanding.

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