End of the Missions

Texas Studies European Exploration and Settlement End of the Missions
Students brainstorm buildings included in a mission compound. Then they learn about the physical structure of a mission, including the role of the church and the irrigation system. Next they watch a video about new skills learned by the Indians in the missions and they read about the missions’ role in Texas ranching. Finally they write two diary entries—one from the viewpoint of a friar and one from the viewpoint of an Indian.

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In this experience, students first create a chart summarizing what they have learned about the Spanish missions in Texas. Then they examine the factors that led to the closing of the missions. Next they give the missions a pass/fail grade and explain the grade. Finally, they create a poster celebrating Spanish culture in Texas.

Estimated duration: 30–40 minutes, unless you want to allow more time to summarize the unit and to let students be creative with the activity in scene 4.

Vocabulary words:

  • immunity
  • culture


  • Explain why mission activity was stopped.
  • Describe the Spanish cultural contributions found in Texas.


In this unit you have learned a lot about the Spanish missions in Texas. Now you will learn why the Spanish stopped their support of the missions.


  • Explain why mission activity was stopped.
  • Describe the Spanish cultural contributions found in Texas.

Map of the Spanish Missions in Texas, 1659–1795

First, as a class summarize what you know about missions. If someone has already listed what you know, try to think of something else to post.

Use student posts to correct any misconceptions before this concluding experience about the Texas missions.

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