Social Studies - 2017-18

USII.5a - Spanish American War

The student will demonstrate knowledge of the changing role of the United States from the late nineteenth century through World War I by

a)  Explaining the reasons for and results of the Spanish American War.


Blooms Level: Understand


Adopted: 2008

BIG IDEAS

Big Themes/Concepts: Imperialism, War vs. Peace, Conquest, Conflict, Independence


America empathized with Cuba's fight for independence because of the American Revolution against Great Britain. 

Economic interests and public opinion often influence United States involvement in international affairs.

People's perceptions affect their actions. 

UNDERSTANDING THE STANDARD

The United States emerged as a world power as a result of victory over Spain in the Spanish American War.

Economic interests and public opinion often influence United States involvement in international affairs.


What were the reasons for the Spanish American War?

What were the results of the Spanish American War?


ESSENTIALS

Reasons for the Spanish American War

·  Protection of American business interests in Cuba

·  American support of Cuban rebels to gain independence from Spain

·  Rising tensions between Spain and the United States as a result of the sinking of the USS Maine in Havana Harbor

·  Exaggerated news reports of events (yellow journalism)

Results of the Spanish American War

·  The United States emerged as a world power.

·  Cuba gained independence from Spain.

The United States gained possession of the Philippines, Guam, and Puerto Rico.


Analyze and interpret primary and secondary source documents to increase understanding of events and life in United States history. (USII.1a)

Sequence events in United States history. (USII.1c)

KEY VOCABULARY

Spanish American War, USS Maine, world power, independence, yellow journalism, Philippines, Guam, Puerto Rico, foreign policy, Big Stick Diplomacy, Panama Canal


Updated: Aug 17, 2017