Chapter 12 Group Presentations- Name:_______________ Create a visual presentation or video showing mastery of the following concepts that you will share with the rest of the class. For presentations, keep words to fewer than 20 per slide; for videos, minimize shots of a speaker on screen to less than 10 seconds at a time; the rest should be maps, pictures, video clips, etc. 12.2; Independence for Texas Group 1 1. Explain how the area of Texas was a culturally diverse area in the early 1800s. 2. Analyze the plan that Mexico had to solidify its claims over Texas. What were the parts? Was it an effective plan? 3. Explain how Mexico’s plan played out, including how this set the stage for war. Group 2 1. Demonstrate how the Battle of the Alamo became a rallying cry for Texans. 2. Compare the motivations for independence of Texans to those of Americans in the early 1770s. How were they similar and different? How did they justify leaving Mexico? 3. Explain how Texas won its independence and became a state, from their declaration of independence in 1836 to them becoming a state in 1845. 12.3; War with Mexico Group 3 1. Show how the New Mexico Territory went from a relatively deserted Spanish claim to part of the Manifest Destiny of the United States. 2. Examine the motives of the Spanish and Americans for settling California. 3. Provide examples of several trails that were established to the west. Include an explanation of who or what used these trails, and the impact it had on western settlement. Group 4 1. Analyze president Polk’s actions in trying to gain lands in and around Texas. Were they Constitutional? Why or why not? Appraise his leadership during this time period. 2. Explain the details of the war with Mexico, including the formation of the Bear Flag Republic and victory of the United States. 3. Provide illustrations and explanations of United States’ expansion in the 1840s and 1850s. Then evaluate whether Manifest Destiny was positive or negative for world history.