Ch 14: American Imperialism & World War I - Middle School US History: Homeschool Curriculum

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The American Imperialism and World War I unit of this Middle School US History Homeschool course is designed to help homeschooled students learn about the causes of American imperialism and events of World War I. Parents can use the short videos to introduce topics, break up lessons and keep students engaged.

Who's it for?

This unit of our Middle School US History Homeschool course will benefit any student who is trying to learn about American imperialism activities and World War I events. There is no faster or easier way to learn about American imperialism and World War I. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who require an efficient, self-paced course of study to learn about the Spanish-American War, American imperialist activities in Hawaii and Latin America, and U.S. involvement in World War I.
  • Homeschool parents looking to spend less time preparing lessons and more time teaching.
  • Homeschool parents who need a history curriculum that appeals to multiple learning types (visual or auditory).
  • Gifted students and students with learning differences.

How it works:

  • Students watch a short, fun video lesson that covers a specific unit topic.
  • Students and parents can refer to the video transcripts to reinforce learning.
  • Short quizzes and an American imperialism and World War I unit exam confirm understanding or identify any topics that require review.

American Imperialism and World War I Unit Objectives:

  • Study America's increasing international power.
  • Read about American imperialism in Hawaii, the Philippines and China.
  • Describe causes and effects of the Spanish-American War.
  • Explore the official position of the United States during World War I.
  • Discover the changes that occurred during World War I after America's involvement.
  • Learn about the League of Nations and the Treaty of Versailles.

7 Lessons in Chapter 14: American Imperialism & World War I - Middle School US History: Homeschool Curriculum
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American Imperialism: Definition, Reasons & Rising International Power

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

American imperialism refers to efforts the United States makes to have economic, political, and cultural authority in other countries. Learn more about the definition of American imperialism, explore the reasons for it, and review the United States' rising international power. Explore the work of Alfred Thayer Mahan and understand his role in American imperialism.

The Spanish-American War: Causes, Goals & Results

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

The Spanish-American War came about due to imperialist motives that resulted in the expansion of US control in the Caribbean and the Philippines. Study the causes of the war, as well as its goals and the results.

American Imperialism in Hawaii, China & the Philippines

3. American Imperialism in Hawaii, China & the Philippines

Imperialism is defined as one nation enforcing its political or expansionary will upon another usually through military conquest and political diplomacy. Explore the impact of American imperialism on Hawaii, China, Japan, and the Philippines at various times in history.

Causes of World War I: Factors That Led to War

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

The assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand was the tipping point for World War I to begin. Learn the causes that led to the war through the acronym MAIN: Militarism, Alliances, Imperialism, and Nationalism.

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 wanted to stay neutral in World War I until British ships carrying American passengers sank. Learn the overview of the official position of the US, their isolation as tension built up, and their intervention as announced through the Zimmerman note.

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

After struggling for almost three years to remain a neutral country, America officially became involved in World War I in April of 1917. Learn about American involvement in the war, the challenge of building troops and funds, and how the war changed after America's entry.

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

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

World War I ended with the Treaty of Versailles. Learn about the peace negotiations process, the terms of the treaty, and Germany's reaction to signing the document that acknowledged their defeat.

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