Project Based Learning Activity



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American Imperialism

Project Based Learning Activity”



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Objective: To understand how individuals and events moved the United States into the role of world

power and to recognize the effects of economic policies on U.S. diplomacy.


Task: To develop and create a project which reflects your knowledge and understanding of American

Imperialism.


The Choices: Based on your interests, choose from the list of project choices below which one you

would like to develop and create as your project.





  • Design and create a newspaper detailing and illustrating each category.

  • Create a movie/documentary that discusses each category.

  • Create an illustrated timeline which depicts and explains the events, causes, and outcomes for all the categories below.

  • Design a tri-fold poster describing each category.

  • Create Scrapbook detailing each category.

  • Create a PowerPoint or Pezi to detail each category below.

  • Role-play or simulate various aspects of each category (tape/record).

  • Build a board game centered on the various aspects of each category.

  • With a partner conduct an interview of a nation’s leader discussing each category (record on video the interview).

  • Create your own personalized project which includes each category and describe your feelings about your project and results.

  • Create and Plan an outdoor field trip to take throughout each nation America will become involved with which will discuss and describe each category.

My Choice: ___________________________________________________



Categories which Must Be Included in Each Project Choice:

  1. Reasons for the Growth of American Imperialism (section 1)

  2. America’s acquisition of Alaska (section 1)

  3. America’s acquisition of Hawaii (section 1)

  4. The Spanish-American War causes, public opinion, events, and outcomes (section 2)

  5. America and Puerto Rico (section 3)

  6. America and Cuba (section 3)

  7. America and the Philippines (section 3)

  8. America and China (section 3)

  9. Theodore Roosevelt and the Worldhis foreign policy and outcomes/impacts (section 4)

  10. Woodrow Wilson and the World his foreign policy and outcomes/impacts (section 4)


Components to be Turned in:

  • Your Completed Project (all categories included)

  • Notes (all categories included from Chapter 10)


Total Value: 60 pts_

Due Date: ___________
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American Imperialism Project Based Learning Assignment

Grading Rubric
Completed Chapter Notes 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Category 1 Reasons for Imperialism 0 1 2 3 4
Category 2 Acquisition of Alaska 0 1 2 3 4
Category 3 Acquisition of Hawaii 0 1 2 3 4
Category 4 Spanish-American War 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Category 5 America & Puerto Rico 0 1 2 3 4
Category 6 America & Cuba 0 1 2 3 4
Category 7 America & the Philippines 0 1 2 3 4
Category 8 America & China 0 1 2 3 4
Category 9Roosevelt & Foreign Policy 0 1 2 3 4
Category 10Wilson & Foreign Policy 0 1 2 3 4
Neatness and Creativity 0 1 2 3 4 5 6
Comments:




Total Earned ______

Total Value  60 pts.


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