This two-day simulation is something that I started as a student teacher and I have continued to use each year in my US History II class. It is so popular that students come into my class asking when they get to do it, yet so effective that numerous teachers have asked for copies or to sit in on class when we do the simulation. It is a two-day group lesson, designed to simulate the greed, recklessness, self-interest, and lack of concern for the people they conquered that western nations displayed during the Imperialist era. This lesson’s purpose is to enhance students’ map and group work skills, as well as engage them in critical thinking. This lesson helps students understand the past in ways a lecture or PowerPoint cannot, as it requires students to take ownership of history and work with the material on a personal level. I use this as an introduction into my Imperialism unit, and other teachers in my school have adapted this lesson to be their lesson on the Berlin Conference.
The strengths are of this lesson are that it allows students to role-play as world leaders and gives them a hands-on experience of what imperialism was like and what drives it. It is student-centered and allows them to take ownership of the classroom and the material, and thus far has engaged students in honors classes as well as ICS (in-class support) classes. Students come back to my classroom and ask if I still do this as it is one of their favorite activities that we did.
Keywords: "US History" + "United States History" + "Imperialism" + "Berlin Conference" + "Simulation" + "Culture" + "Introduction into Imperialism" + "Scramble for Africa" + "History" + "Engaging lesson" + "Great learning activity" + "student-centered activity" + "student centered imperialism" + "lesson plan" + "lesson plan on imperialism"
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