Engage your students in exploring one of the most critical debates of the late 1800s: the rise of America as an imperial power and the annexation of the Philippines. Through cooperative analysis of four carefully excerpted primary sources (accompanied by line numbers) from both those in favor as well as those opposed to annexation, students will identify arguments given from both sides as to whether or not America should annex the Philippines. This is a great lesson to include in a unit on American imperialism or the rise of America as a world power.
Product includes a teacher lesson plan, four excerpted primary sources (including line numbers for citation purposes), an argument data retrieval chart, and an exit ticket activity, which asks students to compose a letter to a local newspaper either supporting or opposing annexation. A rubric is provided for grading of the exit ticket. Lesson plan includes correlation to appropriate Common Core standards.