Have your students practice using primary sources in this engaging lesson without all the grumbling that accompanies a DBQ! This lesson is designed for students to analyze the causes of effects of the rise of imperialism by using primary sources and creating a front page news article.
Students will work collaboratively to interpret primary source excerpts and visual information from both the perspective of imperial powers and their colonies. Their ultimate goal is to create a news article from the time period describing the causes and/or affects of imperialism. The primary sources are set up as cards with discussion questions to display throughout your classroom so students feel like they are interviewing subjects and researching as if they were in the time period.
This complete lesson plan includes:
- lesson plan procedure for teacher use
- 6 primary source excerpts, 1 chart, and 1 map with discussion questions
- student worksheet to complete using primary sources
- Time Traveling Newspaper template for students to use to write their article
This lesson is designed for a middle school classroom, but the resources could be modified for older high school students.
The teaching duration for this lesson is either 2 class periods or 1 class period with a writing homework assignment.