American Imperialism: World Leader or Bully Worksheet & Lesson
This worksheet combines several layers of Bloom's Taxonomy, including comprehension, analysis, and critical thinking as students review 10 US actions during the Age of Imperialism. Also aligns with Common Core History Standards!
Included are the US purchase of Alaska, Spanish-American War, building of the Panama Canal, the annexation of Hawaii, and more. For each event, students must determine whether they feel the US was acting like a "world leader" promoting good or a "bully" acting in its own self-interest. Whatever their decision, they must provide evidence to back up their claim.
After completing the chart, students then determine whether America overall acted more like a World Leader or a World Bully and compose a short persuasive essay on their choice.
Also included is a student example that you could use as an answer key. However, each aspect of this is opinion-based and arguments could be made for either.
This resource can also be downloaded as part of the Complete Gilded Age Unit Plan Bundle
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