1. Topic-
Learning History through Children's Books
2. Content-

*Mexican American War
*Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo
3. Goals: Aims/Outcomes-
1.explore and explain how people and events have influenced the development of New Mexico and the United States up to the present day

2.Connect events in books to real life situations
4. Objectives-
1.Students will apply strategies and skills to comprehend information that is read, heard, and viewed.

2.translate geographic information into a variety of formats such as graphs, maps, diagrams and charts
5. Materials and Aids-
*Book: Daughter of Madrugada by Frances M. Wood
*Student's writing journal
*Handout with Map of the United States
*History textbook or article about the Mexican American War and Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo
6. Procedures/Methods-

A. Introduction-

This lesson incorporates two subject areas, Reading and History. The book, "Daughter of La Madrugada" is the story of the struggle a girl and her family have to go through once the land they live in has become part of the United States due to the treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo.

B. Development-

Reading lesson

1.The book will be read during class in a time lapse of 2- 3 weeks. Try reading more or less 15 pages a day. It is encouraged for the teacher to choose students and make them read out loud in order to increase their reading skills. Especially if this is a bilingual classroom.
2. After each reading session, students should write on their reading journals their reactions.
This can include:
*What do you like or do not like so far?
*What do you think is going to happen on the next chapters?

3. Asking if any students want to share their reaction can be a transition to the history lesson.

History lesson

1.After the reading session and journal entries the teacher can move into history based on the events happening during the reading session.

2. Use the textbook or an article on the event being covered. For example, if the event is The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, tell the students to open their book to that chapter.

Another option can be:
Since the event has been mentioned during the reading session this can be also an oral lecture with a PowerPoint in order to provide graphics.

C. Practice-

The United States before and after the Mexican-American War
1. The teacher will pass out a handout of the map of the United States
2. Students will identify what states where included in the territory Mexico lost.

D. Independent Practice-

Take Home Assignment

1.What do you think would have happened if the United States have lost the Mexican American war? Think beyond
the land that was lost. Would your life be any different if this was Mexico instead of the United States?

E. Accommodations (Differentiated Instruction)-

Accommodations for English Language Learners:

If the student's English is limited provide a copy of the book in Spanish for him/her to take home.

F. Checking for understanding-

These are some options:

1.Quiz on the book Daughter of La Madrugada.

2.Jeopardy game on the historical events and book

G. Closure-

The closure is an opportunity for the students to take home what they have learn in class

Address the scenario
"This land was once part of Mexico, and even before that Native Americans where already living here. So English was not the first language ever spoken here. If someone tells you to only speak English, ask them if they know their history"
7. Evaluation-
1.Did students showed a bigger interest for history when incorporated with a book?

2.What can be done differently next time?

This Lesson Plan is available at (www.teacherjet.com)