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.