The Age of Imperialism: A Unit Plan

Title:                 The Age of Imperialism

Author:             Jennifer Berringer            

Date:                April 4, 2005 - April

Teacher's Page

Unit Summary:

Teacher's Resources

Day 1 Lesson

Day 2 Lesson

Day 3 Lesson

Day 4 Lesson

Day 5 Lesson

Day 6 Lesson

Day 7 Lesson

Conclusion

Student's Web Quest

 

Unit Summary:

Dear Colleague,

This unit is designed to introduce students to the "Age of Imperialism." Students should gain an understanding of the the causes of European imperialism during the time period from 1870 to 1914. The unit will focus primarily on the effects of European colonialism in Africa and Asia. A variety of teaching methods are used throughout the unit. Students will be assessed based on their completion of a cooperative learning WebQuest activity at the conclusion of their studies.

Goals/Objectives:

1.      Students will identify the economic causes of imperialism during the time period from 1875 to 1914.

2.       Students will explain how national pride effected the desire of European nations for overseas colonies in the time period.

3.      Students will analyze primary sources from the time period and compare conflicting viewpoints on the morality of imperialism.

4.      Students will explain the significance of the Berlin Conference in terms of its effect on imperialism on the African continent.

5.      Students will argue the significance of the meeting between David Livingstone & Henry Stanley in Africa in 1871.

6.      Students will describe the causes and consequences of the Sepoy Mutiny in India in 1857.

7.      Students will analyze varying points-of-view on British Imperialism in India during the time period.

8.      Students will debate the pros and cons of the Open-Door Policy for the Chinese people.

9.      Students will argue the legitimacy of the goals of Chinese nationalists during the rebellion of 1900.
   

NCSS Themes:

    III.    People, Places, and Environments

    VII.   Production, Distribution, and Consumption

    IX.    Global Connections

 Days:  7 days

Content:

1.       Imperialism: Economic and Nationalistic Roots

2.      The Morality of Imperialism (Locke's On Colonies and Colonization  vs. Twain's To Person Sitting in Darkness)

3.      Imperialism on the African Continent: The Berlin Conference

4.      Key Figures: Livingstone and Stanley

5.      Imperialism in India: The Sepoy Mutiny

6.      Imperialism in China: The Open-Door Policy & The Boxer Rebellion
   

Methods:        

1.      Lecture/Power Point Presentation

2.      Vocabulary Graphic Organizer

3.      Foldable

4.      Primary Source Document Analysis

5.      Political Cartoon Analysis

6.      RAFT Reading Strategy

7.      Critical Thinking Exercise: Conflicting Perspectives

8.      Cooperative Learning (WebQuest)

9.      Student Presentations

WebQuest Summary:
 

Goals/Objectives: (Students will be working in small cooperative learning groups for the duration of the WebQuest activity.)

1.      Students will research key topics relating to imperialism in China (i.e. The Opium Wars, The Treaty of Nanking, The Taiping Rebellion).

2.      Students will analyze primary source documents on the Open-Door Policy in China.

3.      Students will analyze primary source documents on the Boxer Rebellion in China.

4.      Students will compare and contrast  the goals of European merchants and Chinese nationalists around 1900.

5.      Students will write a speech from the point-of-view of a British merchant arguing for extended trading rights in China.

6.      Students will write a speech from the point-of-view of a Boxer nationalist arguing for the expulsion of foreigners merchants from China.

7.      Students will create visual aids to complement their speeches.

8.      Students will dress in character and present  their two speeches to the class.

9.     Students will participate in a post-presentation discussion on the pros and cons of the Open-Door Policy for the Chinese people.

Days: 3
   

Content:

1.      The Opium Wars

2.      The Treaty of Nanking

3.      The Taiping Rebellion

4.      The Open-Door Policy

5.      The Boxer Rebellion
   

Methods:     

1.      Cooperative Learning

2.      Internet Research

3.      Primary Source Document Analysis

4.      Graphic Organizer

5.      Persuasive Writing

6.      Presentation 

7.     Group Discussion

Teacher's Resources

Unit Information:
    

Background Resources

 

Web-based Subject Matter Content

The Age of Imperialism    

http://www.smplanet.com/imperialism/toc.html

European Imperialism      

http://www.fresno.k12.ca.us/schools/s090/lloyd/imperialism.htm

Imperialism, 1902            

http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/mod/1902hobson.html

The New Imperialism       

http://mars.acnet.wnec.edu/~grempel/courses/wc2/lectures/imperialism.html

Imperialism 101               

http://www.michaelparenti.org/Imperialism101.html

Imperialism in Africa        

http://www.wwnorton.com/college/history/ralph/resource/impafr.htm
The Scramble for Africa    http://regentsprep.org/Regents/global/themes/imperialism/africa.cfm
Imperialism in India         http://165.29.91.7/classes/humanities/worldstud/97-98/imper/india/India.htm
The Open-Door Policy     http://www.pinzler.com/ushistory/opendoorsupp.html
The Open-Door Policy     http://encarta.msn.com/encnet/refpages/RefArticle.aspx?refid=761560219
The Boxer Rebellion        http://www.smplanet.com/imperialism/fists.html
Ch'ing China                    http://www.wsu.edu:8080/~dee/CHING/BOXER.HTM
Web Pedagogy Content

WebQuest Portal           

http://webquest.org/

Web Pedagogy              

http://www.internet4classrooms.com/

 Other Resources

Transparency                  British India (Visual Image)
Power Point Lecture        Imperialism: Causes, Key Figures, Morality
Handout                          Vocabulary Concept Definition Map
Transparency                  Kipling's White Man's Burden
Primary Source               Locke's On Colonies and Colonization
Primary Source               Twain's To a Person Sitting in Darkness
Handout                          Political Cartoon: The Scramble for Africa
Reading                         Stanley's How I Found Livingstone
Handout                          RAFT Writing Assignment on Stanley and Livingstone
Transparency                  British Rulers in India (Visual Image)
Power Point Lecture       British Rule in India & the Sepoy Mutiny  Reference: http://www.mvrhs.org/social/tirrell/PowerpointWeb/BRITISM%20IMPERIALISM%20IN%20IN.htm

Handout                         

Conflicting Viewpoints on British Imperialism in India
WebQuest                      Imperialism in China: The Open-Door Policy and Nationalist Rebellion
Rubric/Evaluation            WebQuest Project Rubric, Student Group Evaluation

 


Unit Lesson Sequence

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Day 1    Back to Top
Lesson Plan Outline

Method (Attention Getter, Lecture, Callout Group, etc)

Content/Key Ideas/Concepts/Facts
 

Materials
(Transparencies, audio, handouts, etc)
 Attention Getter  Imperialism: British India British India (Visual Image)
 Power Point Lecture  Imperialism: Causes, Key Figures, Morality Imperialism: Causes, Key Figures, Morality
 Vocabulary Activity  Imperialism: Definition, Characteristics, Examples Vocabulary Concept Definition Map
 Foldable  Imperialism: Economic & Nationalistic Causes Dinah Zike's Foldables

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Day 2    Back to Top
Lesson Plan Outline

Method (Attention Getter, Lecture, Callout Group, etc)

Content/Key Ideas/Concepts/Facts
 

Materials
(Transparencies, audio, handouts, etc)
 Attention Getter  Imperialism: Racism/Morality Kipling's White Man's Burden
 Primary Document Analysis  Imperialism: Racism/Morality Locke's On Colonies and Colonization Twain's To a Person Sitting in Darkness, Graphic Organizer

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Day 3    Back to Top
Lesson Plan Outline

Method (Attention Getter, Lecture, Callout Group, etc)

Content/Key Ideas/Concepts/Facts
 

Materials
(Transparencies, audio, handouts, etc)
 Attention Getter  Imperialism in Africa: The Berlin Conference Political Cartoon: The Scramble for Africa
 Discussion  Imperialism in Africa: The Berlin Conference & Key Figures  
 RAFT Reading Strategy  Imperialism in Africa: David Livingstone & Henry Stanley Stanley's How I Found Livingstone, RAFT Writing Assignment on Stanley and Livingstone

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Day 4   Back to Top
Lesson Plan Outline

Method (Attention Getter, Lecture, Callout Group, etc)

Content/Key Ideas/Concepts/Facts
 

Materials
(Transparencies, audio, handouts, etc)
 Attention Getter  Imperialism in Asia: British Rulers in India British Rulers in India (Visual Image)
 Power Point Lecture  Imperialism in Asia: British Rule in India & the Sepoy Mutiny Power Point Presentation
 Critical Thinking Activity  Imperialism in Asia: Conflicting Points-of-View Conflicting Viewpoints on British Imperialism in India

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Day 5    Back to Top
Lesson Plan Outline

Method (Attention Getter, Lecture, Callout Group, etc)

Content/Key Ideas/Concepts/Facts
 

Materials
(Transparencies, audio, handouts, etc)
 Lecture  Requirements & Expectations for the Computer Lab  
 WebQuest  Imperialism in Asia: The Open-Door Policy & the Boxer Rebellion  WebQuest, WebQuest Project Rubric

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Day 6    Back to Top
Lesson Plan Outline

Method (Attention Getter, Lecture, Callout Group, etc)

Content/Key Ideas/Concepts/Facts
 

Materials
(Transparencies, audio, handouts, etc)
 WebQuest  Imperialism in Asia: The Open-Door Policy & the Boxer Rebellion  WebQuest, WebQuest Project Rubric
 Reflection  Success of Cooperative Learning  Student Group Evaluation
 Homework  Completion of Project & Presentation Preparation  

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Day 7    Back to Top

Lesson Plan Outline

Method (Attention Getter, Lecture, Callout Group, etc)

Content/Key Ideas/Concepts/Facts
 

Materials
(Transparencies, audio, handouts, etc)
 Student Presentations  Imperialism in Asia: European & Chinese Perspectives  WebQuest Project Rubric
 Class Discussion  Imperialism in Asia: European & Chinese Perspectives   

 

Conclusion:

After completing this unit on the Age of Imperialism, students should have an in-depth understanding of the causes and effects of European imperialism from 1870 to 1914. Students should reflect back on the knowledge gained during this unit of study when they begin to analyze the long-term causes of World War I later in the course.

 

Credits/References:

Course Textbook: Krieger, L., Neill, K. & Reynolds, E. World History: Perspectives on the Past (5th Ed.) D.C. Heath and Company, 1997.

*For on-line references please see the Teacher's Resources section of this page.

 

 

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