To understand how the Monroe Doctrine became the cornerstone of American foreign policy in the Western Hemisphere.
1 class period
This activity begins with a Timeline summarizing events that led to the writing of the Monroe Doctrine. It also gives a brief description of what the Doctrine said, and explains how it has influenced American foreign policy.
Students will start by reading the first event in the list, and then find box 1 next to the map, which is a 2-page map (connect pages 61D and 61E). They will copy event 1 inside of box 1. This continues in the same way for events 2-8, which make up the first half of the Timeline with sections entitled Background Events, The Monroe Doctrine Is Announced, and Results of the Monroe Doctrine. The second part of the Timeline includes events 9-15, and has one section entitled The Monroe Doctrine in Action.
After class members read and label events 1-8 on the map, there is a fun Quick Review exercise with ten questions based on the first half of the Timeline. Each question sits beside a certain number of spaces/boxes that will show students how many letters are in the answer to each question. Another Quick Review exercise with ten questions follows the second part of the Timeline (events 9-15).
Easy-to-follow Teacher Instructions and answer key included, along with a 20-question follow up quiz to measure student progress.
The quiz can also be given as a homework assignment.
See also, AMERICAN/U.S. HISTORY CURRICULUM LESSONS 61-75 of 150
LESSON 61: The Monroe Doctrine
LESSON 62: Elections of 1824 and 1828
LESSON 63: Match Game: Andrew Jackson
LESSON 64: Reform Movements
LESSON 65: Van Buren, Harrison, Tyler, and Polk
LESSON 66: President Study Guide
LESSON 67: Routes to the West
LESSON 68: The Oregon Country
LESSON 69: The Lone Star Republic
LESSON 70: The Mexican War
LESSON 71: The Gold Rush Game
LESSON 72: Reading: The Far West
LESSON 73: Jeopardy: Territorial Expansion
LESSON 74: Note Cards: The Nation Grows Stronger
LESSON 75: Independent Study Guide (USA Growth 1783-1860)