• Texas Spanish Missions

                                                              Unit overview:

    This Unit examines the concept exchange and encounters between cultures during the Spanish colonization of the Americas, specifically in Texas. The missions were a main establishment built to establish an assimilation between the Spanish colonists and the local Native Americans.  Today, there are historical reminders of these two cultures and also a current example of cultural blending in our society.

                                                            Learning objective:

    1.     Describe how the missions were an example of cultural exchange. Impact today? Give examples of cultural borrowing and diffusion.

    2.     Name and describe the main mission in Texas.

    3.     Explain the relationships between the Spanish and the Native Americans in these missions.

    4.     Give a historical significance for one of the mission.

    5.     How to write an effective thesis? And now an effective essay

    6.     Create an effective graphic organizer for this unit with a main concept.


    (B)  identify important individuals, events, and issues related to European exploration and colonization of Texas, including the establishment of Catholic missions;(A)  create thematic maps, graphs, charts, models, and databases representing various aspects of Texas during the 19th and 20th centuries; and(C)  identify examples of Spanish influence on place names such as Amarillo and Río Grande and on vocabulary in Texas, including words that originated from the Spanish cattle industry.(A)  differentiate between, locate, and use primary and secondary sources such as computer software, databases, media and news services, biographies, interviews, and artifacts to acquire information about Texas;(B)  use standard grammar, spelling, sentence structure, and punctuation;(C)  transfer information from one medium to another, including written to visual and statistical to written or visual, using computer software as appropriate; and(D)  create written, oral, and visual presentations of social studies information.

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Texas Missions Resources

  • All
  • Activity 5
  • Chap 5 PPT-Missions
  • Chart of Missions
  • Colombian exchange menu
  • CT 5
  • Exploring Missions
  • Life in Missions video questions
  • Missions, writing skills
  • San Antonio Missions
  • Spanish Influences in America
  • Texas missions reading