What was the role of the United States during World War I?

What was the role of the United States during the Great Depression and World War II?

What was the impact of Woman's Suffrage and The Civil Right's movement in United States history?

What is the role of the United States as a world power?

Overview

Students will learn that the United States now has a range of influence that spans the globe. This emergence of power gained fullest expression in the 20th century. The touchstone events of war and worldwide economic depression, coupled with social movements based on the democratic ideals central to the United States Constitution, positioned the United States as a world superpower. With this power comes questions about the role and responsibilities the United States can and should play in the world.

Objectives

This activity will help students understand the chronology and significance of the events that led to the emergence of the United States as a world power by:
  • Using maps to analyze the the events and timeline of the 20th Century. (SS 5.1, SS 5.2, SS 5.3)
  • Reading stories from the book We Were There Too! by Phillip Hoose. (SS 5.1)
  • Looking at and studying primary documents to learn about their content and purpose. (SS5.2)
  • Identifying leaders of social and political movements. (SS 5.2)
  • Identifying current issues facing the world and proposing a role the United States could play to help find a solution. (SS 5.3)

Assignments to Complete

You are responsible for:
  • Reading an assigned story and discussing it with your team.
Your team is responsible for:
  • Reading an assigned story and discussing it.
  • Rally Robin with your team about the story readings.
  • Discuss findings with the class.
The class is responsible for:
  • On a discussion page, tell what you learned about the 20th Century.
Discussion Assignment
  • Click on the Discussion Tab
  • Complete your assignment. Don't forget to type your name on the message.
  • Make a comment on another student's discussion topic.
Discussion 1 - Tell what you learned about World War 1 from the maps and webpage activities. name it "WW1-Name".
Discussion 2 - Tell what you learned about the Dust Bowl and World War II from the maps and webpage activities. name it "WWII-Name".

Timeline

  • Introduction to 20th Century and U.S. War Timeline: Monday
  • Women's Suffrage: Tuesday
  • WWI Mapping Activity: Thursday
  • WWII Mapping Activity: Monday
  • Cold War Mapping Activity: Tuesday
  • Civil Rights: Thursday
  • Class Review & Testing: Monday

Vocabulary students should know:

depression, migration, superpower, democracy, rule of law, human rights, suffrage, genocide

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