This interactive complete lesson gives students a basis of understanding about why US imperialism emerged at the end of the 19th century and some of the main themes motivating its maintenance. Students will do a gallery walk and respond to each other’s ideas through writing, drawing, and verbal discussion, allowing expression of multiple learning styles.
Students learn about associated information such as:
- Frederick Turner's "frontier thesis"
- manifest destiny
- European empire competition
- social darwinism
- yellow journalism
- overseas colonialism (Hawaii, Philippines, etc.).
Students analyze and interact with primary source excerpts and images in a stimulating Gallery Walk activity that scaffolds engagement and allows shyer students an opportunity to participate in a non-verbal class discussion with their peers. Source excerpts include:
- "The White Man's Burden" by Rudyard Kipling
- "The Influence of Sea Power Upon History" by Admiral Alfred T. Mahan
- "Anglo-Saxon Predominance" by Josiah Strong
- "American Progress" painting by John Gast
- speech by Senator Henry Cabot Lodge
- political cartoon
- "The Relation of Wealth to Morals" by Reverend William Lawrence
This resource includes a detailed 3 page lesson plan with teacher notes, a student graphic organizer, class discussion questions, and optional homework assignment.
This resouce covers all the key points students must know about this subject for state assessments, and is completely Common Core aligned. Ideal AP US History exam preparation.
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Westward Expansion and Native American Conflicts
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