Spanish-American War

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Our interactive Spanish-American War Lesson Plan explores the events and reasoning that led to the Spanish-American War, the main events and people of the war, and the results and impact of the war across the world.  This lesson engages and develops both analytical and critical thinking skills.

Spanish-American War Lesson Plan Includes:

  • Full Teacher Guidelines with Creative Teaching Ideas
  • Instructional Content Pages about the Spanish-American War
  • Spanish-American War Practice Worksheets
  • Answer Keys
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Many Additional Links and Resources
  • Built for Grades 4-6 but can be adapted for other grade levels

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Description

Our interactive Spanish-American War Lesson Plan explores the events and reasoning that led to the Spanish-American War, the main events and people of the war, and the results and impact of the war across the world.  This lesson engages and develops both analytical and critical thinking skills.

Classroom Procedure / Teacher Instruction Sample:

  1. Display the map of Europe and ask a student volunteer to identify Spain. Ask students how they think America had a war with Spain without troops ever going to Spain.
  2. Allow for responses and discussion. Discuss how many countries controlled territories outside their borders.
  3. Introduce Cuba and the Spanish-American War, distribute the Spanish-American War content page. Save the final question for the closing discussion.
  4. Read and review the information with the students, checking for understanding and answering any questions they may have related to Cuba and the war.
  5. Distribute the Activity pages, colored pencils, and a world map to each student

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Common Core State Standards: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.5, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.7, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.2, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.7, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.6.2, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6.10

Class Sessions (45 minutes): 1 – 2 class sessions

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Additional information

Grade Level

4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade

Subject

Social Studies