This is part one of my Spanish American War Simulation in a United States Imperialism Unit! It is one of the most fun lessons that we have, and a way that the students have really understood Point-of-View and Yellow Journalism better than ever before!
The essential question used for this simulation is: "How has the media affected us as a country in the past?"
In this simulation students act as reporters for William Randolph Hearst based in Cuba for the New York Journal and Advertiser. They send reports back to Hearst based on topics leading up to the Spanish-American War. Students get to understand WHY newspaper articles were written in the way that they were, and the events that led up to America joining the war. First, students write to William Randolph Hearst describing events leading up to the war. Second, students use KAGAN structures built in to the PowerPoint to answer questions about the topics. These help ENGAGEMENT and use COOPERATIVE LEARNING.
William Randolph Hearst
Cuban War for Independence
Cuban rebel uprisings
General Weyler - "The Butcher"
Guerrila Warfare - Hit and Run attacks
President McKinley warns Spain
General Ramon Blanco
US sends the Maine to Cuba
This is a great lead up to part two of this simulation.
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I hope that you enjoy this simulation, it has really helped students personalize this topic. Teacher notes are included with the PowerPoint to help lead students in this lesson! Students have asked me to make more simulations like this!
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