This is the COMPLETE simulation 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 part one of the 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.
This product is part of the Spanish-American War & US Imperialism Unit Bundle!
Topics from part one of this simulation include:
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
In part two of this simulation students act as soldiers who are sent to Cuba to fight with the Rough Riders in the Spanish American War. Students get to understand the events of the Spanish-American War, and the events that led up to it. With Cuba almost winning the war, and Spain offering armistice, students think about if war was needed. Two additional FREE products are included in this simulation - William McKinley Asks Congress to go to War Primary Source Document!
and the Buffalo Soldiers Worksheet!
Students use KAGAN structures built in to the PowerPoint to answer deep questions about the topics. These help ENGAGEMENT and use COOPERATIVE LEARNING.
Topics from part two of this simulation include:
Explosion of the USS MAINE
How the USS MAINE explosion was reported
Things people did for fun in America around the end of the 19th Century
William McKinley asks Congress to go to war
Free Cuba - Cuba Libre - Movement
Battle at Manila Bay
Teddy Roosevelt and the Rough Riders
Battle of Las Guasimas
Battle of San Juan Hill
Protocol of Peace Agreement
Treaty of Paris
America given Puerto Rico, Guam, buys Philippines
Philippine-American War - Philippine American War
If you would like part one and two separately click here:
Spanish American War Simulation Part One!
Spanish American War Simulation Part Two!
I hope that you enjoy this simulation, it has really helped students personalize this topic and unit. Teacher notes are included with the PowerPoint to help lead students in these lessons! Students have asked me to make more simulations like this!
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Check out this STUDENT-LED Overview of the Spanish-American War Comic Strip Project!