Lesson Plan

Lasting effects

Image of the Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo

Image of the Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo

National Archives and Records Administration, Record Group 77, ARC #519682

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Grade Level:
Fourth Grade-Eighth Grade
Subject:
History, Mexican War, Military and Wartime History, Social Studies
Duration:
This lesson will take 30-45 minutes to complete.
Group Size:
Up to 24 (4-8 breakout groups)
Setting:
classroom
National/State Standards:
Gr K-4 National Standards-Social Studies: U.S. History 2, 3
Gr 5-12 National Standards-Social Studies: World History Eras 4 & 7
Gr K-12 National Standards-Language Arts: 1, 3, 4, 12
Keywords:
treaty, mexico, Mexican War, peace treaty, government

Overview

Students will learn about the Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo, read the articles of the treaty, and rewrite them in their own words. Students then write about how the Treaty affects them today.

Objective(s)

Guiding question:
How does the Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo affect us today?

Critical content:
Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo

Student objectives:
  • Analyze the Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo
  • Rewrite the Treaty in their own words
  • Write how the Treaty affects them today

Background

Students can work individually, in groups, or as a class. Before starting, review and print out all the PDF files in the Materials section. Make sure there are enough dictionaries for students to use.

Materials

Materials for this lesson plan include:
  1. The Treaty Today Student Worksheet (PDF 53.2 KB)
  2. Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo Transcript (PDF 124 KB)
  3. The Treaty Today Answer Sheet (PDF 455 KB)

Procedure

Assessment

Students performance will be assessed in two key areas:

  • Participation in group discussion
  • Worksheets
Above Proficient
Group discussion:  Offers information which directly relates and builds on the topic.
Worksheets:  Thoughtful answers. Effective and accurate use of writing conventions.

Proficient
Group discussion:  Offers information which directly relates to the topic.
Worksheets:  Completed. Effective and accurate use of writing conventions.

Below Proficient
Group discussion:  Offers very little information of which some relates to the topic.
Worksheets:  Incomplete. Writing conventions are not always followed.

Extensions

  1. Do in-depth research on one or more of the Articles.
  2. Find a newspaper or online article about how the treaty affects us today. Create a class display.

Additional Resources

Background information on the Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo can be found at OurDocuments.Gov.
The National Archives has a lesson plan about the treaty at Teaching with Historic Documents.

Vocabulary

Negotiate, Treaty