This unit plan contains standards-aligned and engaging student-centered lessons relating to The Era of Imperialism. Students will learn about the major reasons justifying U.S Imperialism and the consequences of that point of view. Major topics include the Spanish-American War, the annexation of Hawaii and the Philippines, the Open Door Policy, and the Panama Canal.
Each event is explained with options for critical analysis regarding the event that is accessible at a middle school level. New materials and topics are discussed without overwhelming students with vocabulary. Skills are strengthened and introduced as students learn to analyze political cartoons of the era and the media bias of the time. You can view more in the preview here. PREVIEW – The Era of American Imperialism – Full Unit Bundle
Within each product:
- Classroom handouts for each lesson and the Unit assessment (PDF, PowerPoint, and Google Slides link)
- A Google Slides version of the lesson that can be assigned in Google Classroom (Google Slides link). (The Annexation of the Philippines assignment has digital links, but the lesson much be used in an in-person classroom.)
This bundle also included a pacing guide to help you plan out the full unit!
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