Imperialism to WWI Mapping Activity

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6th - 11th, Higher Education, Homeschool
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Teaching how Imperialism led to WW1? Want an engaging lesson on Imperialism that will allow students to practice mapping skills?

Imperialism to WWI Mapping Activity is a great resource for introducing the WWI era as students map the imperialism that spread from Europe and beyond to create the conflicts and chaos leading to the great war.

This mapping and information gathering activity will help students understand the changes in geography during the Age of Imperialism just before WWI.

Activity requires students to complete maps on the Age of Imperialism and provides an assortment of critical thinking questions at the end for a thorough wrap-up.


Student Mapping Activity Guide

Blank Map

Information Cards

Maps & Other Media

Guiding Questions

Wrap-Up/Critical Thinking Questions

Skills Practiced:

Map Reading & Mapping

Primary Source Analysis

Image Analysis

Historical Thinking

Historical Inquiry

Cause & Effect


Great as study guide for Imperialism unit.

All resource placards and informational readings are provided for this activity, but this will go well with my PowerPoint on the Impact of Imperialism.

Take a look at my many other Imperialism Resources:

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Impact of Imperialism Leading to WWI Lecture Notes w/Primary Sources

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Find my Complete Unit on Nationalism, Unification & Imperialism for World History here!

See other Mapping Activities in my Geography IN History Series!

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Total Pages
12 pages
Answer Key
Does not apply
Teaching Duration
90 minutes
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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.
Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary that makes clear the relationships among the key details and ideas.
Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources, connecting insights gained from specific details to an understanding of the text as a whole.
Integrate quantitative or technical analysis (e.g., charts, research data) with qualitative analysis in print or digital text.
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.


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