Unit 13: Rough Riders & Spanish American War

America Gains Power!





In this unit, Rough Riders & the Spanish American War, I teach my students how the United States begin to look beyond its own territories and establish itself as an important leader among world nations. With the assassination of President William McKinley, a new leader is ushered in and what a leader he is! The colorful and outrageous Theodore Roosevelt leads the Rough Riders to victory in the Spanish American War and then becomes our 26th president. He expertly guides our country into a powerful new role in world affairs and paves the way for progress within as well.

Have your students view the film, Rough Riders to learn more about this incredible regiment made up mostly of volunteers. You can also download a learning packet for the film at the Teach with Movies page.

Business and political leaders with grandiose ambitions begin expanding into new markets outside our borders and establish control over lands abroad. Many American citizens, however, felt that it was wrong for America to gain control of other countries. After all, hadn't we built our nation under the principal of freedom from colonialism? How could we justify imperialism on our part?

Becoming a world power brought many responsibilities and in turn great debate and conflict between our government's domestic and international schemas to the surface. Could our still young country handle it? I guess we'll find out ...



A list of key terms related to this unit that will get your students acquainted with the Rough Riders and the Spanish American War, as well as American gaining power and respect in world affairs.



Here, students select from a list of topics related to unit 13 and write an article that might have appeared in newspapers at the time.



This PowerPoint presentation contains 65 in depth slides to help you teach unit 13 to your students.


A complete set of Fill-in-the-Notes for your students so they can take notes with while you teach and present the Rough Riders & Spanish American War unit.


Document Based Questions to help students read and analyze actual historical documents. The topic here is whether the United States should allow the Philliphines to pursue self-rule or whether the U.S. should annex.



This assignment allows students to learn various fun facts about our 26th president, Teddy Roosevelt!



Students use DBQs again, only this time it is on Mark Twain's ideas about Imperialism.



A writing assignment that asks students to consider the pro's and con's of Imperialism.


In this activity, students get creative with the events of this unit. The activity should not take more than a couple class periods, but the results can be displayed in the room for all to appreciate for a long time!



A study guide to prepare students for a test on unit 13.



All of the tests on OwlTeacher.com are a mix of term matching, multiple choice, and information recall with short answer questions and essay questions.







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