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Comparison of Imperialism and Globalization

Lesson Plan Author(s): 
Quinton Thomas and Hannah Weinstein
Imperialism and Globalization
Teaching Area: 
World History
ONLS.MWH.11; CC.RH.1112.6; CC.RH.910.9
Grade Level: 
Teaching Level: 
Secondary Childhood
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This lesson takes a critical look at modern day globalization by comparing it with 19th century European imperialism through the use of documents and political cartoons. To help students understand the historical aspects of imperialism, a connection to globalization, a term they have heard before, is made. When put into a modern context, this seemingly difficult concept becomes much easier to understand for high school students. Bringing historical content into a modern context increases the relevance and engagement of students overall. This can also help boost their understanding of complex terms.

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Key Words: 
Imperialism, Globalization, White Man’s Burden, Racial injustice, Slavery