Borders with the World: Mexican-American War and U.S. Southern Borderlands

The Mexican-American War created social borders—not just physical ones. Scholars learn about the effects of the Mexican-American War on the people living in the borderlands using text excerpts, maps, and partnered activities. Academics learn how the war divided land, as well as families. They then complete additional reading and participate in group discussion to understand the social and economic impact of the border change. 

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Have pupils research the leaders of the US and Mexican militaries
  • Create a visual board representing the people living in the borderlands 
Classroom Considerations
  • Lesson is installment one of a consecutive three-part series, Becoming US - Borderlands
Pros
  • Lesson incorporates primary sources to enhance learning
  • The resource provides an exit ticket to reinforce key concepts 
Cons
  • None
Common Core