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Course: World Civilizations

Unit Title: Imperialism

Time Frame: 14 Lessons – March 1st – March 22nd

Overview: This unit is about European imperialism around the world with a specific focus on Africa. The main focus of this unit is a pamphlet in which students will research an imperial movement in a specific area of Africa or Asia. In addition, students will have an imperial motive pictures examination, reading assignment on David Livingstone and the Sepoy Mutiny, as well as writing assignments and video sheets. .

Content Standards:


Students will use a variety of tools (e.g., primary and secondary sources, data, artifacts) to analyze perceptions and perspectives (e.g., gender, race, region, ethnic group, nationality, age, economic status, religion, politics, geographic factors) of people and historical events in the modern world (1500 A.D. to present) and United States History (Reconstruction to present).


Students will analyze how history is a series of connected events shaped by multiple cause and effect relationships, tying past to present.


Students will analyze how nationalism, militarism and imperialism led to world conflicts and the rise of totalitarian governments (e.g., European imperialism in Africa, World War I, the Bolshevik Revolution, Nazism, World War II).

KCAS Literacy Standards:

Writing Standards – Grades 9-10

Research to Build and Present Knowledge

7. Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects to answer a question or solve a problem; narrow or broaden the inquiry when appropriate synthesize multiple sources on the subject, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.

Unit Assessments:

  1. David Livingstone Reading

  2. Imperialism video and Imperialism motive analysis

  3. 11.2 Guided Reading – Muslim Lands

  4. Sepoy Rebellion and Indian Railroad Reading

  5. Russo-Japanese War Videosheet

  6. Imperialism Study Guide

  7. Imperialism Pamphlet

  8. Imperialism Unit Objective Test – Summative Assessment

Unit Learning Goals:

Students will be able to:

  1. Describe how Europe was able to conquer and control other parts of the world.

  2. Analyze European imperial motives

  3. Compare resistance movement to imperialism throughout the colonial areas

  4. Compare European methods of imperialism

  5. Compare imperialism in India, China and Japan

  6. Research an imperial movement in a specific African and Asian country

Imperialism – Lesson 1

Activity 1 – Take test over Democratic Reform and Progress

Activity 2 - Writing

Should countries be allowed to expand their own nation’s power through the occupation or domination of others? Explain why or why not?

Discussion – examine – page 336-7


Explain why countries look to dominate other areas.

Imperialism – Lesson 2

Activity 1

Return projects discuss
Activity 2 – Basic notes on Imperialism, Africa before imperialism
Activity 3 – Imperialism Video Clip

Modern Times Video – Imperialism

1. What two continents were the main targets of European Imperialism?

Africa and Asia

2. What motivated Europeans to expand their control into other parts of the world?

Europeans were seeking economic gain and greater power in relation to rival countries

3. What created the increased need for rubber in the 1890s?

Vast quantities were needed to make rubber tires, which had recently been invented

4. What was the purpose of the Congo Reform Association?

It was created to bring attention to the plight of the Congolese under King Leopold’s rule.

5. How did King Leopold’s army contribute to the deadly famine that occurred in the Congo?

Leopold’s army destroyed Congolese villages and stole their food and crops.

Activity 4 – David Livingstone Reading and Writing
Geography Application: Movement – David Livingstone Explores Southern Africa


Describe what Africa was like before imperialism

Explain how David Livingstone’s journey impacted interest.

Lesson 3 – Imperialism

Activity 1 – Return Tests

Activity 2

Draw up a map of Africa – Have student’s claim land that they want.

One student gets 1 pick

One student get 2 picks

One student gets 3 picks

Teacher gets 5 picks

Activity 3 – Analyzing Imperial motives activity

Analyze the motives of imperialism

Lesson 4 – Discuss Africa
Bell Questions

Using the following motives for Imperialism, Explain which one you think is the most praise worthy. Explain which one you think is the least praise worthy

1. End the slave trade

2. Technology

3. Medical and Scientific Research

4. Make Money

5. Spreading Christianity

6. Strongest Survive

7. White Race superior

8. Explore “unknown”

Activity 2 Notes on the Positives vs. Negatives of Imperialism
Resistance to Imperialism
Activity 3

Anglo-Zulu War - Attack Scene

Compare the positive and negative outcomes of imperialism on colony areas.

Describe resistance to imperialism by African peoples.

Lesson 5 – Imperialism
Activity 1 – Writing – Imagine that you were in control of someone else, explain advantages and disadvantages of strict control? Explain advantages and disadvantages of loose control.
Activity 2 – Notes on Types of Imperialism
Forms of Imperialism

Form Definition

Colony Territory governed internally by a foreign country

Protectorate Territory with own internal government, but under the control of an outside power

Sphere of Influence Area where outside country claims exclusive trading privileges

Economic Imperialism Independent less-developed country controlled by private businesses

Management Methods

Indirect Control Direct Control

Local government officials used

Limited self rule

Goal – develop future leaders

European style – local rule

Foreign officials brought into rule

No self-rule

Goal: Assimilation (become like European country)

Only European style

Activity 3 – Reading Guide – Chapter 11.3

Compare forms and management methods by European countries over their imperial subjects.

Lesson 6 - Imperialism
Activity 1 - Start on Imperialism Pamphlet – Pick groups, pick countries




Dutch East Indies


French Indochina





Activity 2 – Go to lab to begin research


Research an imperial movement in an African or Asian country affected by European imperialism.

Lesson 7 - Imperialism
Activity 1 – Writing – Explain how people respond to being disrespected by others. Describe a time when you felt disrespected and explain how you reacted
Activity 2 – Notes on India
Activity 3 – Sepoy Rebellion Reading

Analyze British imperial methods on India

Lesson 8 – Imperialism
Activity 1 – Go to the lab to work on project

Research an imperial movement in Africa or Asian area affected by European imperialism.

Lesson 9 – Imperialism
Activity 1 – Notes on Meiji Restoration in Japan
Activity 2 – Scene from Last Samurai
Activity 3 – Notes on Imperial Japan


Explain how Japan was opened up and modernized by American and European imperial interests.

Lesson 10 – Imperialism
Activity 1 – Video Clip on Russo-Japanese War
Activity 2 - Go to lab to work on project

Explain why Japan won the Russo-Japanese War and became the most powerful country in Asia at the beginning of the 20th century.

Lesson 11 – Imperialism
Activity 1 – page 371-2 How were the Europeans able to get into and trade with China? Why couldn’t the Chinese do anything to resist it? – Explain
Activity 2 - Opium War Reading, Notes
Activity 2 – Video Clip
Empress Tzu-Hsi and the Boxer Rebellion

A Segment of: China: People and Places

Analyze how the Opium War and Boxer Rebellion impacted Chinese resistance to imperialism.

Lesson 12 – Imperialism
Activity 1 - Presentations

Projects due

Activity 2 – Have students write down the key idea from each presentation

Present my research on an imperial movement in an African or Asian country

Lesson 13 – Imperialism
Activity 1 – What does it mean for a country to be considered a 1st world, 2nd world or third world country? – Explain
Activity 2 – Geopolitics in Suez Canal and Panama Canal
Activity 3 - Finish Presentations, Special Economic Zones – Connect to Today – page 372
Activity 4 – Work on Study guide

Relate geopolitics to the building of both the Panama and Suez Canals.

Compare 1st World, 2nd World and 3rd World countries.

Lesson 14 - Imperialism
Activity 1 – Review game
Activity 2 – Collect study guide
Activity 3 – Imperialism Test

Be assessed on my knowledge of imperialism.

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