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Unit 5: Imperialism

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This unit tells the story of how the United States expanded to become a world power, how it became an empire by expanding its territory, influence, and control over other nations and territories in the late 1800s and early 1900s, before World War I. After this unit, you should be able to answer:

  • How did the U.S. acquire Hawaii and Alaska?
  • What are the motives for imperialism?
  • How did the Spanish-American War start?
  • Why didn't the U.S. give the Philippines independence after the war?
  • What was the "Open Door Policy" in China?


Week 16

__Tuesday, January 3: Introduction to imperialism. Other teachers "took over" Pete's class like imperialist countries taking over other countries. Homework: Imperialism Terminology.doc (For reference, here's the lesson plan, PowerPoint, and "debrief" sheet we used: Imperialism Intro Lesson Plan.doc, Imperialism intro.ppt , Experiencing Imperialism Debrief.doc)

__Wednesday, January 4: Imperialism Reading 1: "The United States Continues to Expand." Available in classroom. Questions: Questions for Imperialism 1 reading.doc PowerPoint: Imperialism Reading 1.ppt

__Thursday, January 5: Imperialist poetry activity: Read and answer questions (on PowerPoint) about "The White Man's Burden": The White Man's Burden Class.doc Imperialist Poetry.ppt


Week 17

__Monday, January 9: "Motives for Imperialism" activity. We used these materials for an in-class activity: Motives for Imperialism revised.doc (Here is the PowerPoint and my lesson plan: Motives for Imperialism.ppt  Motives for Imperialism Activity.doc) We also watched this video to prepare for a reading on the Spanish-American War the following day: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IU5l4yQCpMM

__Tuesday, January 10: Imperialism Reading 2: "The Spanish-American War." Get this reading from the classroom. Here are the questions: Questions for the Spanish-American War.doc Here is the PowerPoint: Spanish-American War Reading.ppt

__Wednesday, January 11: Formative quiz, lecture, and reading activity about consequences of Spanish-American War: U.S. Imperialism Worksheet.doc (Fill in first side using notes from a fellow student. Here's the PowerPoint: Consequences of Spanish-American War.ppt)

__Thursday, January 12: Reading: "U.S. Involvement Overseas." Get reading in class. Here are the questions: Questions for U.S. Involvement Overseas.doc PowerPoint: Reading Involvement Overseas.ppt


Week 18

(No school on Monday, MLK Day!)

__Tuesday, January 17: Movie: Crucible of Empire: The Spanish-American War (we watched the last 45 minutes): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Sp1vJo3ieQ Here's the Imperialism Study Guide with questions about the movie at the top: Imperialism Video and Study Guide.doc

__Wednesday, January 18: Complete study guide.

__Thursday, January 19: Imperialism Jeopardy: http://www.superteachertools.com/jeopardy/usergames/Jan201203/game1326929868.php Imperialism Test

__Friday, January 20: Progress Friday: Progress reports and a video introduction to Firewise in the library: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/firewise/index.html



Week 19 (last week of semester)

__Monday, January 23: (no class, canceled due to snow storm)

__Tuesday, January 24: Firewise activity in Computer Lab: http://webapps1.dnr.state.mn.us/firewise-classroom 

__Wednesday, January 25: Firewise lecture in library.

__Thursday, January 26: Last day of the semester: Grade the teacher! Tell me what you want to learn about from the 20th Century!


Minnesota State Standards:

  • Social Studies, U.S. History: The student will understand the causes and consequences of American expansionism and the Spanish-American War.
  • Social Studies, World History: The student will demonstrate knowledge of European and American expansion.
  • English Language Arts By the end of grade 9, read and comprehend literature and other texts including stories, dramas, and poems in the grades 9–10 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.
  • English Language Arts Analyze seminal U.S. documents of historical and literary significance (e.g., Washington’s Farewell Address, the Gettysburg Address, Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms speech, King’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” and other documents such as those written by Sojourner Truth, Chief Seattle, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton), including how they address related themes and concepts.


AAHS Targets:


History Choice: World History:
__Imperialism (ID: 17762)
Students will explore the role imperialism played in shaping our current global structure, and use that information to examine a current interaction(s) between two or more nations or groups of people within a nation.

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