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Ch 31: American Imperialism - ORELA Middle Grades Social Science

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Study the imperialistic actions of America in the late 19th and early 20th centuries by reviewing this chapter. These lessons will detail information that may be included on the ORELA Middle Grades Social Science exam.

American Imperialism: ORELA Middle Grades Social Science - Chapter Summary

This chapter will focus on American imperialism with details regarding the Spanish-American War, World War I, and American relations with Hawaii, China, the Caribbean, the Philippines, and Latin America. The ORELA Middle Grades Social Science exam may ask questions pertaining to these topics, so pay careful attention to these lessons, which will discuss the following:

  • An explanation of American imperialism
  • Causes and effects of the Spanish-American War
  • Annexation of Hawaii and foreign relations with China and the Philippines
  • Panama Canal and American Imperialism in the Caribbean and Latin America
  • The United States' position at the beginning of WWI
  • The impact of America's entry into WWI

As you view these brief video lessons, take notice of significant vocabulary terms and concepts. Knowledge of this terminology will help you remember noteworthy information for the exam.

American Imperialism: ORELA Middle Grades Social Science Objectives

The ORELA Middle Grades Social Science test is meant for teachers interested in becoming certified to teach social sciences to middle school students. As such, this test seeks to determine how well you comprehend pertinent information that falls within 4 domains. Half of the roughly 150 multiple-choice questions on this test are history questions relating to numerous objectives.

This chapter will help you review information pertaining to significant developments in the United States from 1877-1929, one of the main objectives of the exam. The test may ask questions about U.S. expansionism, foreign relations, and participation in WWI, which are all topics covered in these video lessons. By taking the multiple-choice self-assessments at the end of each lesson, you will be able to practice answering questions in the same format as those contained on the exam, thus helping develop your confidence for the test.

6 Lessons in Chapter 31: American Imperialism - ORELA Middle Grades Social Science
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.

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