Imperialism Assignment

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The following is a Project-Based Learning assignment for American Imperialism designed using content standards for teaching American History and American Imperialism.
Students are assigned the task of developing a project (from a provided list of 11 choices) to display their knowledge and understanding of American Imperialism.
This assignment is a student centered project in which the teacher is second to the student. The teachers role in this assignment is to set guidelines, give feedback, and provide resources for the students to use to research, create, and develop their project.
The resources I chose to provide are in the form of Primary Sources which I got (when I took a graduate class) from the following website in which is FREE:
http://www.learner.org/courses/amerhistory/units/16/themes/1.html
Students textbook is a valuable resource for this project and forces the students to read their textbook as well as other sources to deveop and complete this assignment.
A small grading rubric is provided with this assignment.

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As regular readers know, one of the many classes I teach is World History to Intermediate English Language Learners.

One of the things I try to do is regularly connect what we are studying in the past to what might be happening in the future. We are just finishing studying imperialism in the late nineteenth century, and their chapter “final” was to write an essay on if they thought imperialism still existed today.

I modified a short piece I found online, The Difference Between Cultural, Political and Economic Imperialism, to make it more accessible, and created a very scaffolded writing prompt which you can download here.

This is the actual prompt but, as you can see from the hand-out, the modified text and scaffolds are critical:

What does the author say are the three kinds of imperialism? Do you believe that any exist today? To support your opinion, be sure to include specific examples drawn from your own experience, your observations of others, or any of your readings.

I’m adding this post to The Best Posts On Writing Instruction, where you can find links to many of my writing prompts.

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