An Introduction to Imperialism – Students Analyze Cartoons and Label Map


Grade Levels
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
Social Studies – History, U.S. History
Resource Type
Formats Included
Zip, Google Apps™, Internet Activities
4 pages + 26 slides


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In this lesson, students will be introduced to the ideas of Imperialism. They will analyze cartoons to determine why imperialism ideas arose in the United States during this time period. Then, they will label the major areas on a map so they are clear about the locations when they discuss them during the unit. This lesson is digitally interactive and made for middle school students who are new to the ideas of Imperialism. You can view more in the preview here – Introduction to Imperialism.

Included in this resource:

  • Classroom Presentation – Made to be utilized in an in-class situation with students. A PowerPoint version is included in the file and the Google Slides version is provided with the link. The Google Slides version is easily editable for use with Pear Deck.
  • Digital Presentation – This slideshow is made to be utilized with a platform like Pear Deck.
  • Handout for Students – Printable version that is made to coordinate with the classroom presentation. Two versions included – (PDF, Google Slides link, and PowerPoint)
  • Lesson Plan for implementation

This lesson is tied with the following NYS Standards:

8.3 EXPANSION AND IMPERIALISM: Beginning in the second half of the 19th century, economic, political, and cultural factors contributed to a push for westward expansion and more aggressive United States foreign policy.

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