In this US Imperialism lesson plan, students learn how the fierce competition between Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst for newspaper circulation in New York, led to the very worst of journalistic practices and how events in and outside America enticed some Americans to seek empire. From the closing of the frontier to the need for resources, and the beliefs in the White Man’s Burden, and finally, when the USS Maine exploded in Havana Harbor, America went to war. Students also reflect on how yellow journalism excited and enraged Americans to enter a war they might otherwise have avoided and the importance of trustworthy media today. This is the first of two American Imperialism lesson plans.
What Students Do
Students analyze real headlines from news stories about the Spanish-American War that employed yellow journalism into 21st century clickbait headlines.
Our US History video curriculum allows you to lecture less and engage more! Spend your time working with and supporting students instead of so much direct instruction. This is history for the now! Perfect for the classroom and for homeschool history video curriculum!