H Unit 2- Foreign Affairs

Content Statements Addressed

  • HCS 15 HCS 16
  • 2 weeks of instruction

Learning Targets

Explain the inspiration for Imperialism of the late 1800s

List the events that led to the annexation of Hawaii

Identify the the national debate over the Treaty of Versailles and the League of Nations

Compare and contrast the impact of this debate on US foreign policy

Explain how the conclusion of the SA war allowed the United States to become an empire.

Analyze the conflicts the United States engaged in to allow it to become a global power. Territorial examples being Japan, Latin America, and China.

Students will analyze the debate between the expansionists and the anti-expansionists in Congress and the country.


  • Imperialism
  • yellow journalism
  • Sanford Dole
  • bayonet constitution
  • annexation
  • isolationism/interventionism
  • League of Nations
  • Treaty of Versailles
  • Kellog-Braind Pact
  • Four, Five, and Nine Power Treaties
  • open door policy
  • Monroe Doctrine/Roosevelt Corollary
  • dollar diplomacy
  • moral diplomacy
  • Panama Canal
  • mobilization

Learning Strategies

Trace the events of the Spanish American War and analyze the outcomes of the war.

Have students decide which course of action they believe would have been most effective in gaining Cuban Independence.

Organize the class into small groups.  Have each group prepare a poster which chronicles the events in Cuba, beginning with the 1868 revolts and ending with the peace treaty.

Divide the class into groups and assign each group a treaty listed in the content elaborations. Have them analyze the ways in which the treaty moved the United States away from the role of world peacekeeper and limited its involvement in international affairs.

Diverse Learners Strategies

The students will draw a cause and effect diagram of Cuba’s revolt against Spain and the US victory over Spain in the Spanish- American War.

Have students summarize the Fourteen Points in their own words in chart form.
Identify five significant innovators of the era and the invention for which they are responsible.

Students will develop a hypothesis and then present an inference of how the world would have been different without the isolationist stance