All episodes and lessons teach through the power of story to make history relevant and engaging for students. The first episode focuses on the “press-wars” between Pulitzer and Hearst and how yellow journalism and other factors led to the Spanish-American War while also covering the motivations for empire. In the second lesson, students learn how Roosevelt's Big Stick Policy transformed America's role in the world focusing on the amazing story of the construction of the Panama Canal.
***The lessons cover state-standards while making sure the content is still rich and interesting. 💪
ACTIVITIES IN THIS BUNDLE
1. "Click Bait Meets Yellow Journalism"- students analyze real yellow journalism that led America into the Spanish-American War and then recreate that as modern click bait and then answer reflection questions about the media.
2. "Mapping & Debating American Imperialism" - students first complete a mapping activity showing colonies gained between 1898-1900, the Panama Canal, and more. Then they read primary sources to understand the arguments for and against American expansion overseas.
This bundle requires no-prep and includes all resources needed, supports for diverse learners, and are ready to engage and excite your students! And there are answer keys for everything! ✅
To learn more, you can check out the individual lessons for this unit here and check out the preview images.