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Topic: American expansionism, post-Civil War 

United States History

 Standard 19.  Understands federal Indian policy and United States foreign policy after the Civil War
  Level II (Grade 5-6)
   Benchmark 2.Understands the expansion of U.S. territories in the post-Civil War era (e.g., areas the U.S. annexed, primary interests in these areas)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Knows the areas the U.S. annexed in the post-Civil War era
     2.Understands the primary interests in the areas annexed by the U.S. in the post-Civil War era
   Benchmark 3.Understands critical features of the Spanish-American War (e.g., conditions that led to the war with Spain in 1898, character and outcome of the war, leading personalities of the Spanish-American War)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Understands the conditions that led to the war with Spain in 1898
     2.Understands the character of the Spanish-American War
     3.Knows the outcome of the Spanish-American War
     4.Knows about the leading personalities of the Spanish-American War
  Level III (Grade 7-8)
   Benchmark 2.Understands the causes and consequences of the Spanish-American War (e.g., economic and geographic factors, U.S. justifications, impact of the press on the public opinion, the role of the U.S. in Cuba after the war, the war’s effects on U.S. involvement in international relations, constitutional issues raised by the acquisition of new territories)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Understands the causes of the Spanish-American War
     2.Understands the consequences of the Spanish-American War
     3.Understands the economic factors of the Spanish-American War
     4.Understands the geographic factors of the Spanish-American War
     5.Understands the U.S. justification for the Spanish-American War
     6.Understands the impact of the press on public opinion of the Spanish-American War
     7.Understands the role of the U.S. in Cuba after the Spanish-American War
     8.Understands the Spanish-American War’s effects on U.S. involvement in international relations
     9.Understands the constitutional issues raised by the acquisition of new territories
   Benchmark 3.Understands factors that influenced U.S. expansionism in the late 19th century (e.g., consequences of the Philippine annexation and Filipino insurrection; geographic, economic, and social factors; arguments used to justify expansion; arguments of opponents to expansion)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Understands the consequences of the Philippine annexation
     2.Understands the consequences of the Filipino insurrection
     3.Understands the geographic factors that influenced U.S. expansionism in the late 19th century
     4.Understands the economic factors that influenced U.S. expansionism in the late 19th century
     5.Understands the social factors that influenced U.S. expansionism in the late 19th century
     6.Understands the arguments used to justify U.S. expansion
     7.Understands the arguments of opponents to U.S. expansion
  Level IV (Grade 9-12)
   Benchmark 1.Understands factors in the outbreak and outcome of the Spanish-American War (e.g., President McKinley's reasons for going to war; changing U.S. attitudes toward Emilio Aguinaldo from 1898 to the issue of warrants for his arrest after the Treaty of Paris)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Understands factors in the outbreak of the Spanish-American War
     2.Understands factors in the outcome of the Spanish-American War
     3.Knows Presidents McKinley’s reasons for going to war
     4.Understands the changing U.S. attitudes toward Emilio Aguinaldo from 1898 to the issue of warrants for his arrest after the Treaty of Paris
   Benchmark 2.Understands elements that contributed to late 19th century expansionist foreign policy (e.g., geopolitics, economic interests, racial ideology, Protestant missionary zeal, nationalism, and domestic tensions)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Understands the contribution of geopolitics to late 19th century expansionist foreign policy
     2.Understands the contribution of economic interests to late 19th century expansionist foreign policy
     3.Understands the contribution of racial ideology to late 19th century expansionist foreign policy
     4.Understands the contribution of Protestant missionary zeal to late 19th century expansionist foreign policy
     5.Understands the contribution of domestic tensions to late 19th century expansionist foreign policy
     6.Understands the contribution of domestic tensions to late 19th century expansionist foreign policy