This product is a short reading on the Spanish-American War.
The reading covers Cuba, William Randolph Hearst, Joseph Pulitzer, yellow journalism, the USS Maine, the Battle of San Juan Hill, the Rough Riders, Theodore Roosevelt, and the Platt Amendment.
How do you use this product? I use this reading as a starter activity. As the kids read and answer the questions, I take my attendance and then go over the material with a PowerPoint slide.
You can modify the reading to your own needs. If you want to add something, you can. If you want to take something out, you can. The work is doable and the students will learn.
This work has been used in my classroom for 15 years and is ready for you to take straight to the copier.