Spanish-American War

Though short in duration, the Spanish-American War is an integral part of history. The video discusses the causes of the war, what brought the 13-week war to a close, and describes the conflict between democratic ideals and racist attitudes. 

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Instructional Ideas
  • Have pupils create newspaper articles describing the reasons the war started
  • Guide learners to create political cartoons based on wartime events 
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires a free PBS membership
Pros
  • The video is a good introduction to the Spanish-American War and is perfect to use during Hispanic Heritage Month
  • Uses primary sources, such as photos, to add interest
Cons
  • None