Explosion of the Maine

An intriguing lesson features newspaper articles to help academics understand the political impact of the sinking the Maine and how the American media depicted the event. Scholars also view a presentation, participate in group discussion, and complete graphic organizers to strengthen their understanding of why many Americans placed blame on Spain. 

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Instructional Ideas
  • Have scholars conduct additional research on the history of Cuba
  • Compare and contrast the explosion of the Maine to the Cuban Missile Crisis
Classroom Considerations
  • A free Stanford History Education Group account may be required to access the materials 
Pros
  • The lesson plan provides questions to help educators guide group discussions
  • Resource includes additional activities to extend the lesson if time allows 
Cons
  • None