A Timeline History of the Mexican-American War

From the Series Timeline Trackers: Westward Expansion

  • Interest Level: Grade 5 - Grade 8
  • Reading Level: Grade 5

By the early and mid-nineteenth century, many US citizens were moving westward. Some of them settled in the territories of Texas and California, which belonged to Mexico at that time. In 1835 the tension between the two countries turned violent; US settlers started fighting for independence in the Texas Revolution. That conflict went on to ignite the Mexican-American War in 1846.

The war lasted close to two years and claimed thousands of lives. In the end, Mexico lost a huge amount of land to its northern neighbor in exchange for money. The war left bitter resentments between the two governments, which now had to manage a shared border, unrest among their citizens, and their own civil wars.

See how land conflicts erupted into violence between these two neighboring countries. Track the events and turning points that led to the Mexican-American War, and learn how the aftermath shaped the western expansion of the United States.

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Interest Level Grade 5 - Grade 8
Reading Level Grade 5
Genre Social Studies
Copyright 2016
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Lerner Publications ™
Language English
Number of Pages 48
Publication Date 2015-08-01
Reading Counts! Level 5.7
Text Type Informational/Explanatory
BISACS JNF025200, JNF038070, JNF025130
Dewey 973.6'2
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 7 x 10
Lexile 890
Guided Reading Level Y
ATOS Reading Level 6.1
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 177854
Accelerated Reader® Points 1.0
Features Bibliography/further reading, Glossary, Index, Photo captions, Reviewed, Sidebars, Table of contents, Teaching Guides, Timeline, and eSource

Author: Alison Behnke

Born in Rochester, Minnesota, Alison Behnke had the good fortune to live in Rome, Italy, for three years while in grade school. Not only did this move expand her horizons enormously and introduce her to one of the world’s best and most beautiful cities, but it provided her with a wealth of writing material. Even before her Roman holiday, however, Alison knew that she wanted to be an author—a desire which, according to her parents, she first voiced around age six. Good teachers, avid reading, and a children's librarian for a mother all fed the fire. Alison went on to take a degree in English with a focus on Creative Writing, and at present count she has written more than thirty books. Alison lives in Minneapolis, and when she's neither reading nor writing, she spends her time on pursuits including photography, travel, and striving to make the perfect espresso.

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Timeline Trackers: Westward Expansion

Investigate key topics in US history through easy-to-follow timelines of major events. Covering achievements as well as setbacks, the timeline approach allows readers to follow the trail of US history. Each title builds an understanding of how major historical developments emerged… View available downloads →


School Library Journal, Series Made Simple

“This series pairs dramatic narrative with visually arresting time lines, resulting in a well-thought-out foray into the years of America’s westward expansion. . . . A good option for collections where supplementary material on the American West is needed.”—School Library Journal, Series Made Simple