A Growing Global Power

How does a nation turn into a global superpower? The 16th installment of the 22-part series on American history investigates the rise of the United States to global importance in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Groups analyze the reasoning behind global expansion using primary sources, firsthand accounts, and video clips as evidence. They present and discuss their conclusions on the birth of American imperialism. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Have students brainstorm places in the world where the United States currently has its military and compare the US presence with imperialism of the late 1800s
  • Incorporate a global map exercise that has the class locate and label all the areas of American Imperialism from the time of 1890-1929 
Classroom Considerations

  • Lesson mentions overhead projector and transparencies, which is outdated; adjust for today's technology 
Pros

  • Resource provides teachers with detailed definitions to use as a guide for instruction
  • Lesson includes reflection questions for use during the video and discussion portions of the activities 
Cons

  • None