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Curriculum Unit on the Gilded Age in the United States

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High School 9-12



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By utilizing primary sources without knowing what the outcome is supposed to be, students will “perceive events and issues as people experienced them at the time, to develop historical empathy as opposed to present-mindedness.” Students will evaluate the message Theodore Roosevelt sent to Dewey and decide if Roosevelt made the correct decision. Students will also learn key terms relating to what lead to the Spanish American War, what events happened in Cuba and debate if Yellow Journalism still occurs today. To finish the day we will cover how and if the Spanish American War changed the course of American foreign policy.

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lesson plan, Gilded Age, Spanish-American Waar


Curriculum and Instruction | United States History


Adapted by Tom Stoffel from a lesson created by the Lower East Side Tenement Museum.

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Independent to Imperialist -- The Spanish American War



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