Ch 15: American Imperialism (1890-1919) Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

The American Imperialism (1890 - 1919) chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach your students about America's influences on other nations during these years. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.

Weekly Syllabus

Below is a sample breakdown of the American Imperialism (1890 - 1919) chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.

Day Topics Key Terms and Concepts Covered
Monday American Imperialism: Definitions, Reasons and Rising International Power;
The Spanish-American War: Causes, Goals and Results
The reasons for American Imperialism and its beginnings;
The conclusion of the war between Spain and America
Tuesday American Imperialism in Hawaii, China and the Philippines;
American Imperialism in Latin America and the Caribbean
America's foreign policies with regard to China;
America's involvement in the opening of the Panama Canal
Wednesday Causes of World War I: Factors that Led to War;
The United States in World War I: Official Position, Isolation and Intervention
Events that preceded the war and the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand;
America's relations with belligerent countries
Thursday American Involvement in World War I: How the War Changed After America's Entry Exploration of the war's change in course after America's participation
Friday End of World War I: the Treaty of Versailles and the League of Nations The terms of the peace treaty toward the end of World War I

9 Lessons in Chapter 15: American Imperialism (1890-1919) Lesson Plans
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
American Imperialism: Definition, Reasons & Rising International Power

1. American Imperialism: Definition, Reasons & Rising International Power

When George Washington left office, he warned against getting drawn into global issues, yet just over 100 years later, the U.S. began its rise to become the dominant world power. What started this rise of American Imperialism?

The Spanish-American War: Causes, Goals & Results

2. The Spanish-American War: Causes, Goals & Results

The Spanish-American war was a new kind of war involvement for the U.S. It was not for freedom, it was not an internal conflict. It was fought over expansion and the idea of spreading American influence in the Caribbean and in the Philippines.

American Imperialism in Hawaii, China & the Philippines

3. American Imperialism in Hawaii, China & the Philippines

American imperialism had a major effect on the world. In this lesson, find out how a nation became a part of the U.S. for almost 50 years and how one kingdom became a U.S. state. The effect of U.S. imperialism in Asia and the Pacific had a long-lasting and far-reaching effect that we can still see today!

American Imperialism in Latin America & the Caribbean

4. American Imperialism in Latin America & the Caribbean

Around the turn of the 20th century, the United States entered a period of non-colonial imperial expansion throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. Learn about the short-term and long-term effects of some of these policies in this video lesson.

The United States in World War I: Official Position, Isolation & Intervention

5. The United States in World War I: Official Position, Isolation & Intervention

The United States' best option was to stay out of World War I. They had nothing to gain from getting involved. So, they tried to stay neutral, but as American interests started to lean toward the Allied Powers, many events happened to give the States the final push to enter the war.

American Involvement in World War I: How the War Changed After America's Entry

6. American Involvement in World War I: How the War Changed After America's Entry

As much as the U.S. wanted to stay neutral during World War I, it proved impossible. This meant the U.S. had to raise the forces and money to wage war. Find out how Americans played their part in WWI in this lesson.

End of WWI: the Treaty of Versailles & the League of Nations

7. End of WWI: the Treaty of Versailles & the League of Nations

In this lesson, we will examine the Treaty of Versailles. We will explore the treaty's negotiations at the Paris Peace Conference, take a look at the treaty's terms, and discuss Germany's reaction to the treaty.

American Imperialism Around the Globe

8. American Imperialism Around the Globe

In this lesson, you'll explore the history of American imperialism and discover how imperialism can appear in many different ways. Afterwards, you can test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Causes of World War I: Factors That Led to War

9. Causes of World War I: Factors That Led to War

Although World War I began in Europe, it is important to take a look at World War I in relation to U.S. history as well. The U.S. was greatly affected by the war. In this lesson, we'll take a quick and direct look at the causes that led up the war and the assassination that was the final catalyst.

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