Alta California contained most of the land that makes up what is now the Southwest. In 1821, the land was controlled by Mexico. Its leaders made many changes including ending the Spanish mission system. Alta California became more diverse as its economy grew and changed. Explore the history of Alta California with this primary source title that builds studentsb reading skills and promotes civics and social studies content literacy. The dynamic primary source maps, letters, and images provide authentic nonfiction reading materials and keep students interested in learning. Text features include a glossary, index, captions, sidebars, and table of contents. This book connects to California state studies standards and the NCSS/C3 Framework and features appropriately leveled text to accommodate different reading levels. Additional features include Read and Respond and a culminating activity that prompt students to dive deeper into the text for additional reading and learning.