Today was a day where I felt like everything flowed really well and the students “got” exactly what I hoped they would. I started class by reviewing the PowerPoint for the video, The Spanish-American War as a Turning Point, even though they watched the video last night for homework. They’ll be writing an essay on the war and I wanted to make sure I could clarify the content and address any issues they may have.
Students worked with partners to complete the chart based on the essay topic they will be writing. (Here’s the chart: Spanish-American War Essay Outline). I was impressed with the discussions the students had and the reasoning for how the war fostered change in foreign policy and how it didn’t. When we reviewed the chart as a class I was thrilled with the explanations that they gave.
The last ten minutes was devoted to writing thesis statements and contextualization. I called on a few students to share their thesis statements with the class.
H.W. for tomorrow: Chapter 19 V.G.
Have a great night!