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Imperialism Stations: Social Darwinism, Sepoy & Boxer Rebellion, Open Door, etc!

Grade Levels
9th - 12th, Homeschool
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Get students actively reading about imperialism, its justifications, and its effects! Students view 12 stations about imperialism and record their answers to analysis questions in the chart provided. 

Activity includes: 

  • 12 stations on imperialism, (10 with text and images, 2 with just texts) (PDF)
  • Note-taking/analysis questions chart (4 pages; each station has its own section with corresponding questions)  (PDF)
  • Answer key (PDF)

Topics covered: 

  • Justifications for imperialism: "White Man's Burden," Social Darwinism
  • Primary Source Excerpts: Cecil Rhodes, Rudyard Kipling, Anti-Imperialist League, etc 
  • Scramble for Africa, Berlin Conference (political cartoon included)
  • Open Door Policy (political cartoon included) 
  • Spheres of Influence in China: opium wars, Treaty of Nanjing
  • Boxer Rebellion 
  • British colonization of India (political cartoon included) 
  • Sepoy Rebellion 


I used this activity in my World History class when I needed to teach multiple portions of imperialism in a time crunch! 

You could print out the stations and place them around the classroom, use this as a jigsaw, have students complete electronically, etc. 

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


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21 pages
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in diverse formats and media (e.g., visually, quantitatively, as well as in words) in order to address a question or solve a problem.
Evaluate authors’ differing points of view on the same historical event or issue by assessing the authors’ claims, reasoning, and evidence.
Evaluate various explanations for actions or events and determine which explanation best accords with textual evidence, acknowledging where the text leaves matters uncertain.
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.
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.


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