To show how and why the United States became involved in events taking place in the Pacific region during the late 1800s and early 1900s.
1 class period
This lesson is a favorite activity for students who enjoy competition. It includes a unique Contest that gives information in sections entitled:
• Purchase of Alaska
• Annexation of the Hawaiian Islands
• Other Pacific Islands
• United States and the Far East
The class is divided into five teams. Play begins with students reading question 1, along with choices a, b, c, d, and e. Four of the five choices are correct answers. Four boxes at the end of the question must be filled in with the letters of answers which each team member believes are correct. Box 1 should be filled with the letter of the answer they think has the best chance of being correct. Box 2 is for the answer they think is the next best choice of those that remain. The same is done for boxes 3 and 4. Team members then put what they believe is the wrong answer inside of box 5. Team members cannot discuss their choices.
The teacher then collects one paper from a volunteer on each team, and writes their answers on the board. The four correct responses to question 1 are then announced. Points will be scored.
Complete Contest rules are provided on the lesson pages.
When the contest ends, students will answer multiple-choice, completion, matching, and true/false questions that review the lesson.
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.