The imperialism of U.S. foreign policy before and during the Spanish-American War by studying the following primary sources: political cartoons, documents, maps, and film clips. Students will study maps of the Americas, primary source documents, cartoons, and film clips.
Instructional Design: Outline of lessons, in step-by-step progression. Attach additional pages. 1. Show students view political cartoons of the era (1898-1901): http://www.oah.org/pubs--Carousel activity student examination and opinions on various cartoons and pictures.
2. Show students maps of North and South America to to develop a context of the situation in the Americas (1898-1901). http://lcweb.loc.gov 3. Students will view movie clips of the Spanish-American War –primary source http://lcweb2.loc.gov 4. Students will study primary source document : William McKinley, “The Alternatives to Cuba,” 1898: http://www.mtholyoke.edu 5. The teacher will: have students complete a timeline of twenty-five national events during the era 1870-1900.
6. The teacher will: have students complete an essay comparing/contrasting U.S. foreign policy of 1898 to U.S. foreign policy of today.
Resources and materials: (Text, links, videos, speakers, etc. Please note if available district-wide)
Note: The Gilder Lehrman Institute website may be used for this activity: www.gilderlehrman.org
“The U.S. Becomes a World Power”
Additional supports and extensions: (TAG, SPED, ESL, etc.)