The United States and Mexico are more than neighbors living side by side; their economies are intertwined and interdependent, made more so by the inception of NAFTA (the North American Free Trade Agreement) in 1994, which made Mexico the United States' third-largest trading partner. If asked, most students would acknowledge an awareness of the fact that the two economies are linked in some way. This curriculum unit acquaints students with some aspects of the U.S.-Mexico relationship by focusing on the so-called "twin cities" along the border, where the impact of the two economies on one another is most visible, understandable, and dramatic.
Note: This unit is Part III of the U.S.-Mexico Relations series. (Published in 2000)
Connections to Curriculum Standards
NHS = National History Standards
NGS = National Geography Standards
NCSS = National Council for the Social Studies
The student will learn...
NHS: (U. S. History, Era 4, Standard 1C, Grades 5-12), about the causes of the Texas War for Independence and the Mexican-American War and evaluate the provisions and consequences of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo. [Analyze multiple causation]
NHS: (U. S. History, Era 4, Standard 1C, Grades 9-12), to analyze different perspectives on the Mexican-American War.
NGS: (The World in Spatial Terms), how to use maps and other geographic representations, tools, and technologies to acquire, process, and report information from a spatial perspective.
NGS: (Human Systems), about the patterns and networks of economic interdependence on earth's surface.
NCSS: (Global Connections), to analyze patterns and relationships within and among world cultures, such as economic competition and interdependence, age-old ethnic enmities, political and military alliances, and others; to think systematically about personal, national, and global decisions, interactions, and consequences, including addressing critical issues such as peace, human rights, trade, and global ecology.