Imperialism Stations: Africa, China, India, Sepoy & Boxer Rebellion, Open Door

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9th - 12th, Homeschool
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19 stations, 9 page student handout, 2 page introductory worksheet
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Get students actively reading about imperialism and its effects! Students view 19 stations about imperialism and record their answers to analysis questions on the handout provided. This activity includes an intro reading, stations, student worksheet, and key!

Google Folder of Activities includes: 

  • Intro reading on imperialism to introduce concepts and major events (PDF & Google Docs)
  • 19 stations on imperialism (PDF & Google Slides, not completely editable)
  • Student handout (9 pages; each station has its own section with corresponding questions)  (PDF & Google Doc included)
  • Answer key for student handout (PDF)

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Note: The text on the stations on Google Slides are not 100% editable because of fonts & formatting. However, all slides can be deleted and/or text boxes can be added into/over slides. All Google Docs are 100% editable.

This stations activity includes primary sources and political cartoons to get students thinking critically about imperialism around the world.

Topics covered: 

  • "White Man's Burden" and the racism of imperialism
  • Social Darwinism and scientific racism
  • Primary Source Excerpts: Cecil Rhodes, European politicians, people who resisted imperialism
  • Anti-Imperialist League
  • Scramble for Africa and Berlin Conference
  • Open Door Policy and Spheres of Influence in China
  • Opium Wars
  • Treaty of Nanjing
  • Boxer Rebellion 
  • British colonization of India
  • Sepoy Rebellion 
  • The Raj

I used this activity in my World History class with 10th graders when I needed to teach multiple portions of imperialism in a time crunch! It focuses on U.S. and European imperialism and its effects in Africa, India, China, and the Pacific.

Possible ways to use the stations activity:

  • Stations! Hang up around room and get students moving (Laminate and reuse!)
  • Document packet! Students work in small groups and complete these as a packet
  • Jigsaw! Students become an expert on 1-2 stations and teach a small group
  • Have students access electronically (Post the PDF stations & Google Doc student handout on your Google Classroom)
  • Complete as a teacher-led, whole class activity

This activity can be a great challenge to introduce and/or teach many global history concepts!


Related Resources:

U.S. Imperialism Stations: Spanish-American War, Cuba, Philippines, China


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19 stations, 9 page student handout, 2 page introductory worksheet
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of how key events or ideas develop over the course of the text.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary describing political, social, or economic aspects of history/social studies.
Compare the point of view of two or more authors for how they treat the same or similar topics, including which details they include and emphasize in their respective accounts.
Evaluate various explanations for actions or events and determine which explanation best accords with textual evidence, acknowledging where the text leaves matters uncertain.
Evaluate authors’ differing points of view on the same historical event or issue by assessing the authors’ claims, reasoning, and evidence.


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