Imperialism or Intervention Lesson Plan

 

Unit Essential Question: How do we pursue economic progress?

 

 

California History/Social Science Standards

 

11.4 Students trace the rise of the U.S. to its role as a world power in the 20th century.

 

1. List the purpose and the effects of the Open Door policy.

2. Describe the Spanish-American War and U.S. expansion in the South Pacific.

3. Discuss America’s role in the Panama Revolution and the building of the Panama Canal.

4. Explain Roosevelt’s Big Stick diplomacy, Taft’s Dollar Diplomacy, and Wilson’s Moral Diplomacy, drawing on relevant speeches.

5. Analyze the political, economic and social ramifications of World War I on the homefront.

6. Trace the declining role of Great Britain and the expanding role of the U.S. in world affairs after World War II.

 

Essential Question: When should the government intervene in world affairs?

 

Vocabulary

  1. Imperialism
  2. Intervention
  3. Monroe Doctrine
  4. Spanish American War
  5. Open Door Policy
  6. Platt Amendment
  7. Big Stick Ideology
  8. Dollar Diplomacy
  9. Roosevelt Corollary 
  10. Panama Canal

 

Culminating Activity: Design a two-minute public service announcement to explain why the public should support a foreign policy decision of intervention. 

 

Day 1

Time: 1.5 hours

Objective: To understand the meaning of imperialism and intervention; to identify examples of imperialism and intervention; to understand reasons for U.S. interests abroad 

 

Activity

Min.

Materials

Groups

Warm up: When should the U.S. gets involved in the affairs of other countries?

10

 

 

Vocabulary

  1. Imperialism
  2. Intervention

 

15

PowerPoint

 

Case Studies:

Directions: Split class into groups of four.  Present the case.  Give each group an opportunity to discuss.  Have one person from each group share out.  Have students take notes on what actually happened.  Each case study cycle should be 15 min.

  1. Case 1: Monroe Doctrine
  2. Case 2: Spanish American War  
  3. Case 3: Open Door Policy  
  4. Case 4: Platt Amendment 

60

Case Studies

 

Major decisions

 

 

Groups of Four

 

Whole Class

Paragraph Reflection 

Are the cases you studied examples of U.S. imperialism or intervention?

-          Answer the prompt.

-          Support your case with evidence.

-          Write in one paragraph.

5

PowerPoint

 

HW:  Type up reflection to Ning.  Read and comment on two other reflections.

 

 

 

 

Day 2

Time: 1 hour

Objective: To understand the meaning of imperialism and intervention; to identify examples of imperialism and intervention; to understand reasons for U.S. interests abroad 

 

Activity

Min.

Materials

Groups

Warm up: Describe the difference between imperialism and intervention.  Illustrate your answer with a case from U.S. history.

 

10

 

Individual

Vocabulary

  1. Big Stick Ideology
  2. Dollar Diplomacy

 

10

PowerPoint

Individual

Case Study: Panama Canal

 

Directions: Read and annotate

10

TR’s Legacy Panama Canal

Pairs 

Discussion

10

 

 

Paragraph Reflection 

Are the cases you studied examples of U.S. imperialism or intervention?

-          Answer the prompt.

-          Support your case with evidence.

-          Write in one paragraph.

10

PowerPoint

 

HW: Type up reflection to Ning.  Read and comment on two other reflections.

 

 

 

 

Day 3

Time: 1.5 hours

Objective:

 

Activity

Min.

Materials

Groups

Warm up: What was the Panama Canal?  How does it illustrate U.S. foreign policy?

10

 

 

PSA announcement

 

  1. Watch public service announcement examples. 

 

http://saloproductions.com/public-service-announcements/psa-samples.php

 

  1. Design a two-minute public service announcement to explain why the public should support a foreign policy decision. 

40

Public Service Announcement 

Groups of Four

Perform 

20

 

Whole Class

Administer Quiz 

20

Quiz, Quiz Key

Quiz

HW: 3-2-1 Reflection, Type up reflection to Ning.  Read and comment on two other reflections.

 

 

 

 

 

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