Westward Expansion – Mexican American War & Battle of the Alamo for Special Ed



Total Pages 132 pages
Answer Key Included
Teaching Duration 2 Weeks


This unit on the Mexican American War & Battle of the Alamo contains over 100 pages of material specifically designed for students with special learning needs, especially autism who are in middle or high school. It addresses main events and involved in the fight for Texas to gain its independence from Mexico and become part of the United States. All the information is presented in a simplified but rigorous way for students with diverse learning needs to make meaningful and authentic connections to the material. In addition, many of the activities and assessments include more than one version, suggestions for differentiation and options for presentation.

✩✩✩ Also includes a PRE-RECORDED POWER POINT SHOW with automated advancement to use in your lesson or for students to listen to on their own.

✩✩✩ There are also 10 days of DETAILED LESSON PLANS with lots of suggested activities you can do with the included materials.

✩✩✩ There are also digital versions of the activities from this unit. There are 28 google slides (including a differentiated set) plus a movie version of the book.

See the preview for a more detailed look at the contents.


Mexican American War Unit Includes:


⭐ This unit comes in 2 complete files. One is in color and one is in black and white.


In the zipped folder you will find:

  • 10 days of lesson plans
  • Mexican-American War activities in color
  • Mexican-American War activities in black and white
  • Voice-recorded PowerPoint show
  • Mexican-American War book (PowerPoint) to use with activities
  • Links and directions to digital activities


Mexican American War Activities:

  • 10 days worth of detailed lesson plans
  • Vocabulary board
  • 9 Vocabulary cards and cut/paste activities (includes digital version)
  • 10 large timeline cards
  • Circle maps (includes digital version)
  • Timeline cut and paste activity (includes digital version)
  • Map (includes digital version)
  • Writing Prompt (includes digital version)
  • Close worksheets for review (includes digital version)
  • 2 Sudoku puzzles (includes digital version)
  • Word search
  • Assessments (3 versions) (includes digital version)


Much of what I have learned about curriculum development is incorporated in these units. For example, do not be afraid of repetition. It is critical that students with significant disabilities get to experience material over several days to be able to fully assimilate what is being taught. Also, adding visual supports to your printables and class activities helps students be able to pay more attention to the content you are presenting rather than the mechanics of what is expected. Finally, ask questions. Good questions!! Regardless of the material, if we can ask students good questions it will push them to think more deeply than before.

As always please take a moment to leave feedback or post any questions you may have.

I am currently developing more units, and any feedback I get helps me make improvements in the future. Plus, it just means a lot to me.