|Get away from my country!|
The students knew that they had a challenging day ahead of them before they even started the class. Mexico had gained its independence from Spain. Now there were two tax collectors at the door to tax students on everything they had brought from their classroom (USA) to the classroom (Texas / Mexico). I made the students believe that the money would actually come from their class accounts (they have pseudo-financial accounts in 4th grade). If they complained, they were taxed for complaints. It was fantastic!
|But it’s my country ~!|
In the classroom, they had to visit the Emresario to present their existing Spanish land grant for review. After approval, the students were able to continue their country. Unfortunately, they soon found that strangers (I borrowed students from another class) had settled in the countryside for which my students already had land grants. These new settlers claimed that Mexico had given them permission to colonize the country, and if my students had a problem with it, they had to visit the Mexican Empresario again.
The line quickly formed in front of the Empresario. However, our Empresario has not always solved problems in favor of the student. In such a case, the students had to travel to see the government official (who was in Mexico) … on the other side of the school!
|Here we go again…|
The government official would find problems with the student records. Students then had to return to the classroom (back to school) to repair the item and then return to the officer to clarify their claim. However, until the claim was resolved and students returned to class, there was often another problem for which the children had to return to the official.
As soon as the student’s frustration became apparent, I felt sorry for them. We sat down and had a fantastic discussion about how it felt from each role’s perspective. The students then wrote their diary entries.
Visual reflection by students
I think what happened is so unfair! We have to pay taxes on items we bring with us. They tell us what to do and take our country away from us! Above all, we were fine These people came in and started to control us. Guess what happened when we tried to get in. A tax collector was waiting to take money for our own things! I mean, who’s serious about a pillow hat? As you can see, unfair, terrible and unreasonable things have happened. If I could have a say in all of this, I would throw them into the ocean and not even think of looking back to help. It’s just so unfair. If I just think about it, I’m overwhelmed. Well, get to work better so I have to pay enough. P.S. I am sure there will be a revolution because people like me will not allow it without … something that can stop them. To work. Bye. ~ Campbell, a settler
Today, Empresario Paari, I had a terrible time granting land grants to people and then giving the same property to other people. They got angry and went to war with other people and got angry with me. They kept bugging me, so I finally let the government deal with it. I think they will start a war or a revolution soon. ~ Paari, Empresario
KA-KLUMPP, KA-KLUMPP, KA-KLUMP. Today Yasmine (Bree), Amitola (Zoe) and I were awakened by screaming and the sound of hooves beating the floor like drums. When I left our hut it was terrible. I saw people fighting and saying, “I don’t want to have to pay taxes to bring in simple things like food and water. We don’t want to have to be with the Mexican government!” See? I didn’t want to get in trouble, so I listened from a distance and tried not to be seen. I heard them talk about people who received “land grants,” and then they were taken from their rightful owners. I hope that never happens again. ~ McKenna, Indian
The day was CHAOS. That’s exactly what I wanted! The students were frustrated and ready to revolt.
The next day we had a debate about a revolution. This debate could be a blog post in itself! The kids worked together on Google Docs to prepare the pages they were discussing. Then worked together within the document during the debate itself to keep track of the arguments. It was wonderful!
Next … the Alamo!
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