The Spanish American War, Yellow Journalism, the Maine Explosion, Newsie Strike


Grade Levels
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th
Social Studies – History, U.S. History
Resource Type
Formats Included
Zip, Google Apps™
Internet Activities


Products Included in This Bundle:


With this interactive lesson, students will learn about the major events of the Spanish-American War, examine the influence of yellow journalism on newspapers, and experience the newsie strike by becoming a newsie in 1899.

Both lesson days also offer modern connections. On the first day of class, students will learn how to analyze news articles to determine whether they are fair or biased. On the second day, students will examine three current news articles discussing strikes and union formation. You can view more in the preview here. – PREVIEW – The Spanish-American War

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.
  • Handout for Students – Printable version that is made to coordinate with the classroom presentation – (PDF, Google Slides link, and PowerPoint)
  • Lesson Plan for implementation

This lesson is tied with the following NYS Standards:

8.3b – The Spanish-American War contributed to the rise of the United States as an imperial power.

8.3b.1 – Students will examine examples of yellow journalism that contributed to the United States’ entry into the Spanish-American War, including the portrayal of the sinking of the USS Maine.

8.3b.2 – Students will explain how the events and outcomes of the Spanish-American War contributed to the shift to imperialism in United States foreign policy.

© Copyright 2022 Peacefield History. All rights reserved.

Permission is granted to copy pages specifically designed for student or teacher use by the original purchaser or licensee. This is intended to be used by one teacher unless additional licenses have been purchased. The reproduction of any other part of this product is strictly prohibited. Copying any part of this product and placing it on the Internet in any form besides Google Classroom is strictly forbidden. Doing so makes it possible for an Internet search to make the document available on the Internet, free of charge, and is a violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).


There are no reviews yet.

Only logged in customers who have purchased this product may leave a review.