In this lesson, students examine the issue of Texas annexation by reading two primary sources: James K. Polk’s inaugural address (1845) and an anti-slavery meeting broadside from Boston, Massachusetts (1838). Although the sources are separated by several years, they present opposing views on Texas annexation. As a social studies teacher, I use this lesson to help students understand different perspectives on the Texas annexation debate. In addition, this lesson offers opportunities to incorporate the Common Core Standards into social studies.
James K. Polk & Texas Annexation Lesson (click to download)