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I got tired of just TALKING about the causes of the so-called "splendid little war" with Spain.
I also really love trying to put myself in the shoes of the different people, with diverse perspectives, who walked the past.
So I merged these two together and came up with a lesson plan that would allow students the ability to role play as one of five different stakeholders in the crisis with Spain in 1898.
The students will dive into their character and then simulate a debate with four other students about the question: SHOULD THE US DECLARE WAR ON SPAIN?
Note: students should have some background on New Imperialism before they engage in this lesson, i.e. the causes of renewed American imperialism, the interests in Hawaii and Cuba, etc.