The U.S. War with Mexico Symposium and Lesson Plan Contest


To bring more awareness to an oft-forgotten war, UTEP’s Center for History Teaching and Learning and Humanities Texas are offering area teachers a lesson plan contest on the U.S. War with Mexico which will culminate in a one-day symposium and awards ceremony.  This event features a lecture and discussion on the U.S. War with Mexico led by Dr. Sam Haynes from the University of Texas at Arlington on April 9th.  This even is free and open to the public.  An awards ceremony and a reception will follow.   If you plan on attending the symposium and reception, please RSVP to Brad Cartwright at




 Dr. Sam Haynes

“Why they Fought: Nationalism, Honor, and Military Service in the U.S.-Mexico War”

Saturday, April 9, 2016 @ 10:00 am

UTEP Liberal Arts Building, Room 323


Sam Haynes is the Director of UT-Arlington’s Center for Greater Southwestern Studies in May, 2009 and has served as a Center Fellow since coming to UT-Arlington in 1993. Specializing in 19th century Texas, the American Southwest, Manifest Destiny, and the U.S. War with Mexico, Haynes is the author of three books: Soldiers of Misfortune: The Somervell and Mier Expeditions (University of Texas Press: 1990), James K. Polk and the Expansionist Impulse (Longman: 1996), and Unfinished Revolution: The American Republic in a British World (University of Virginia Press: 2010).  In 2008 he served as the lead consultant for the History Channel’s two-hour documentary, “The Mexican War.”  He is currently the project director of “A Continent Divided:  the U.S.-Mexico War,” a website that seeks to digitize the holdings of the UT Arlington Library on the 1846-1848 war with Mexico:




  • First Place – $150
  • Second Place – $100
  • Third Place – $50


All Lesson plans must:

  • be related to the U.S. War with Mexico.
  • be  authored by only one teacher.
  • include measurable objectives.
  • include list of the materials to be used, as well as copies of an necessary handouts.
  • include an approximation of the time involved.
  • include an explanation of the methods to be used and procedure of the lesson.
  • use of at least one primary source.
  • use original work and permission for any copyrighted materials .
  • be sent as one .pdf file to by April 5th, 2016.

 Each entry must be labeled with the following information:

  • Your name
  • Your complete mailing address
  • Your school
  • Your preferred phone number
  • Your e-mail address

Submissions become the property of UTEP’s Center for History Teaching and Learning (CHTL) and will be posted on its respective web sites, and/or shared via other forms of media.


Lessons will be judged by a panel of UTEP faculty members and winners will be selected based on creativity, classroom usefulness, and use of primary source materials.


Winning teachers will be notified by Wednesday, April 7th and awards will be presented at the CHTL’s U.S. War with Mexico Symposium on April 9th.


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This program was made possible in part with a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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