This activity is something that I do in our Imperialism Unit, after the students understand the reasons and motivations for the Spanish-American War. This is for my US History II class, which consists of mostly 11th graders. It is designed to have the students investigate the Spanish-American War and work on several skills simultaneously, including group work skills and primary source analysis. The lesson centers around three primary sources: A speech by Senator Redfield in the US Senate, March 17, 1898, discussing the concentration camps in Cuba, the de Lome letter, and a segment of Jose Marti’s Manifesto de Montecristo that warns against American involvement in his native Cuba. The three offer different perspectives of the Spanish American War and pays specific attention to Cuba.
In my district we have switched to 60 minute periods, the perfect amount of time for this lesson. I have gotten good feedback from students who found the reading accessible and interesting as well as fellow teachers who find the lesson challenges their students. You can differentiate this lesson by picking the groups and assigning the readings to specific groups based on their reading and analytical abilities.
Keywords: "Spanish-American War" + "Cuba" + "US History" + "US History II" + "Imperialism" + "USA" + "Primary Sources" + "Jigsaw" + "Group work" + "11th Grade" + "de Lome Letter" + "Jose Marti" + "Cuba vs. US"
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