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U.S. Imperialism:

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  This learning activity provided by:  
Author: Cristin Dillard
System:Enterprise City
School:Enterprise City Board Of Education
  General Activity Information  
Activity ID: 512
Title:
U.S. Imperialism:
Digital Tool/Resource:
ThingLink
Web Address – URL:
Overview:

The image resource is an annotated ThingLink image that has embedded information and questions relating to the analysis of the political cartoon "School Begins".

ThingLink allows a user to take an image to augment it by adding a layer of annotations "over" the image. Annotations can include videos, links, and user created text.

Students will hover over the images at "touch points" where information is embedded such as questions and information about the political cartoon. This information will be used to analyze the political carton.

  Associated Standards and Objectives  
Content Standard(s):
Social Studies
SS2010 (2010)
Grade: 9
World History: 1500 to the Present
12 ) Explain causes and consequences of World War I, including imperialism, militarism, nationalism, and the alliance system.

•  Describing the rise of Communism in Russia during World War I
Examples: return of Vladimir Lenin, rise of the Bolsheviks

•  Describing military technology used during World War I
•  Identifying problems created by the Treaty of Versailles of 1919
Examples: Germany's reparations and war guilt, international controversy over the League of Nations

•  Identifying alliances during World War I and boundary changes after World War I
Unpacked Content
Strand: Economics, Geography, History, Civics and Government
Course Title: World History: 1500 to the Present
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
Students:
  • Explain the causes and consequences of imperialism, militarism, nationalism, and the alliance system of WWI.
  • Describe the rise of communism in Russia during WWI.
  • Describe military technology of WWI.
  • Summarize problems created by the Treaty of Versailles of 1919.
  • Describe the alliances of WWI and boundary changes after WWI.
Teacher Vocabulary:
  • imperialism
  • militarism
  • nationalism
  • alliance system
  • Bolsheviks
  • Treaty of Versailles of 1919
  • reparations
  • War Guilt Clause
  • League of Nations
Knowledge:
Students know:
  • How to explain the causes and consequences of WWI.
Skills:
Students are able to:
  • Identify causes and consequences of historical events using a variety of primary and secondary historical resources.
  • Judge the importance of historical events using specific textual evidence to support the student's position.
Understanding:
Students understand that:
  • There were many causes and consequences of World War I.
Alabama Archives Resources:
Click below to access all Alabama Archives resources aligned to this standard.

Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
AAS Standard:
SS.AAS.9.12- Define total war; identify key events and/or people from World War I; describe military technology used during World War I.
SS.AAS.9.12a- Describe the rise of communism in Russia during WWI.
SS.AAS.9.12b- Identify problems created by the Treaty of Versailles of 1919 including Germany's reparations and the war guilt clause.
SS.AAS.9.12c- Identify alliances during World War I and boundary changes after World War I.


Social Studies
SS2010 (2010)
Grade: 11
United States History II: The Industrial Revolution to the Present
3 ) Explain the United States' changing role in the early twentieth century as a world power. [A.1.a., A.1.b., A.1.c., A.1.d., A.1.e., A.1.f., A.1.i., A.1.k.]

•  Describing causes of the Spanish-American War, including yellow journalism, the sinking of the Battleship USS Maine, and economic interests in Cuba
•  Identifying the role of the Rough Riders on the iconic status of President Theodore Roosevelt
•  Describing consequences of the Spanish-American War, including the Treaty of Paris of 1898, insurgency in the Philippines, and territorial expansion in the Pacific and Caribbean
•  Analyzing the involvement of the United States in the Hawaiian Islands for economic and imperialistic interests
•  Appraising Alabama's contributions to the United States between Reconstruction and World War I, including those of William Crawford Gorgas, Joseph Wheeler, and John Tyler Morgan (Alabama)
•  Evaluating the role of the Open Door policy and the Roosevelt Corollary on America's expanding economic and geographic interests
•  Comparing the executive leadership represented by William Howard Taft's Dollar Diplomacy, Theodore Roosevelt's Big Stick Diplomacy, and Woodrow Wilson's Moral Diplomacy
Unpacked Content
Strand: Economics, Geography, History, Civics and Government
Course Title: United States History II: The Industrial Revolution to the Present
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
Students:
  • Analyze changes in the global role of the United States during the early 20th Century and explain the causes of these changes and the resulting consequences for the nation.
Teacher Vocabulary:
  • Spanish-American War
  • imperialism
  • annexation
  • global role
Knowledge:
Students know:
  • The internal and external factors that resulted in changes in America's role as a world power during the early 20th Century. Factors that lead to the Spanish-American War and the consequences of the war.
  • Theodore Roosevelt's involvement in the Spanish-American War and its role in his popularity and involvement in politics.
  • Social, political, and economic causes for the United State's involvement in the Hawaiian Islands.
  • The contributions of Alabama and Alabamians to the United States between Reconstruction and World War I.
  • Consequences of political policies, such as the Open Door policy and the Roosevelt Corollary on American economic and geographic interests.
  • Policies and leadership of American presidents during the early 20th Century.
Skills:
Students are able to:
  • Describe the internal and external factors that result in changes in the development of a specific country during a specific time period and the consequences of these changes.
  • Evacuate factors that lead to war and the consequences of the war.
  • Discuss the effects of popularity on political power.
  • Analyze the social, political, and economic causes for the United State's involvement in other countries and regions.
  • Appraise the contributions of Alabama and Alabamians to the United States during specific historical periods.
  • Evaluate the consequences of political policies, such as the Open Door policy and the Roosevelt Corollary on American economic and geographic interests.
  • Compare the policies and leadership of influential political, economic, and social leaders.
  • Analyze primary and secondary sources.
  • Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources.
Understanding:
Students understand that:
  • There were many causes and consequences of the changes in the United States' role as it became a global power during the early 20th Century.

Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
AAS Standard:
SS.AAS.11.3- Identify the causes, major events, and key figures of the Spanish American War; understand the United States transition to becoming a world power following the Spanish-American War.
SS.AAS.11.3a - Define diplomacy, foreign policy, domestic policy, and imperialism.


Social Studies
SS2010 (2010)
Grade: 11
United States History II: The Industrial Revolution to the Present
4 ) Describe causes, events, and the impact of military involvement of the United States in World War I, including mobilization and economic and political changes. [A.1.a., A.1.b., A.1.d., A.1.f., A.1.i., A.1.j., A.1.k.]

•  Identifying the role of militarism, alliances, imperialism, and nationalism in World War I
•  Explaining controversies over the Treaty of Versailles of 1919, Woodrow Wilson's Fourteen Points, and the League of Nations
•  Explaining how the Treaty of Versailles led to worsening economic and political conditions in Europe, including greater opportunities for the rise of fascist states in Germany, Italy, and Spain
•  Comparing short- and long-term effects of changing boundaries in pre- and post-World War I in Europe and the Middle East, leading to the creation of new countries
Unpacked Content
Strand: Economics, Geography, History, Civics and Government
Course Title: United States History II: The Industrial Revolution to the Present
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
Students:
  • Analyze the causes and events of the United States' military involvement in World War I in order to determine the long-term social, political, and economic impact on the United States.
Teacher Vocabulary:
  • World War I
  • Treaty of Versailles
  • mobilization
  • imperialism
  • nationalism
  • militarism
  • nativism
  • fascist
Knowledge:
Students know:
  • The causes, events, and the impact of military involvement of the United States in World War I.
  • Social and political changes and attitudes in the United States related to involvement in World War I, including: American neutrality, mobilization, economic changes, and political changes.
  • The role of imperialism, militarism, nationalism, nativism, and the alliance system in World War I.
  • Geographical and political boundaries of Europe and the Middle East, pre- and post-World War I.
  • Controversies over the Treaty of Versailles of 1919, Woodrow Wilson's Fourteen Points, and the League of Nations.
  • Short- and long-term effects of the Treaty of Versailles.
Skills:
Students are able to:
  • Explain the changing role of the United States during specific historical periods and in relationship to specific historical events.
  • Describe the effects of political and social movements and ideologies.
  • Analyze the social and political causes, events, and impact of specific historical events.
  • Identify geographical and political changes related to specific historical events.
  • Analyze controversies related to political policies, plans, and agreements.
  • Analyze primary and secondary sources.
  • Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources.
Understanding:
Students understand that:
  • There were many causes and effects of the United States' military involvement in World War I and these had significant social, political, and economic impact on the United States.
Alabama Archives Resources:
Click below to access all Alabama Archives resources aligned to this standard.

Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
AAS Standard:
SS.AAS.11.4- Define militarism, nationalism, imperialism, and alliances; understand that the United States entry into World War I had a significant impact on the outcome of the war; identify the consequences of World War I.


Learning Objectives:

Students will be able to identify the role of militarism, alliances, imperialism, and nationalism in World War I.

  Strategies, Preparations and Variations  
Phase:
Before/Engage, During/Explore/Explain, After/Explain/Elaborate
Activity:

  1. Using the image accessible on ThingLink, students will be guided through the process of analyzing a political cartoon.
  2. Students will access the ThingLink image through the URL to view the political cartoon titled School Begins.
  3. Students will use the "touch" tool to hover over touch points on the image that will pose questions and give important information to the students to analyze the political cartoon.
  4. Students will write responses to the questions posed by the analysis of the political cartoon.
Assessment Strategies:

Have students discuss in groups their responses and analysis of the political cartoon. After sufficient time for students to discuss, have groups share aloud responses and analysis of the political cartoon.


Advanced Preparation:

Teacher Preparation:

  • Provide access to the ThingLink image by URL on devices with internet capability for individual viewing of the political cartoon or have a computer/projector for whole group viewing.
  • Teach lessons on U.S. Imperialism from Reconstruction to World War I.

Student Preparation:

  • Students should have an understanding of analyzing images and political cartoons.
  • Students should have prior knowledge on U.S. Imperialism from Reconstruction to World War I from lessons taught.
Variation Tips (optional):
 
Notes or Recommendations (optional):

The following links are to Content Partner provided Lesson Plans that would help teach the analysis of political cartoons:

Analyzing the Purpose and Meaning of Political Cartoons (ReadWriteThink)

Analyzing the Stylistic Choices of Political Cartoonists (ReadWriteThink)

 

  Keywords and Search Tags  
Keywords and Search Tags: alliances, imperialism, militarism, nationalism, World War I