1. Have the students summarize the grievances in their own words, as briefly as possible.
2. Discuss whether or not any of these grievances are similar to issues between local and state/national government in Texas today.
the document and the link to the US Declaration of Independence, have the
students compare and contrast the two documents.
4. Role-playing: Have the students break up into groups, and in each group have them divide into two factions, the Mexican government and the Bexareños. Have them come up with reasons for each sides’ position using the document, historical background behind the document, Austin’s opinions, the Mexican position as given by Filisola, as well as any additional context they may have learned regarding the Mexican period in Texas. Try to get them to see the problem from the perspective of the Bexareños or the Mexican government.