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Chapter 8: Rise to World Power

Web Activity Lesson Plans

"The Rough Riders"

In this chapter students learned about the rise of America to a world power. They learned how imperialism and expanding U.S. spheres of influence to include Latin America led to the Spanish-American War. This web activity provides them with more knowledge about a regiment known as the Rough Riders who were influential in Cuba during the Spanish-American War.

Lesson Description
Students will learn about the Rough Riders and their experience in Cuba. After reading the articles and answering the questions associated with the articles, they will use their knowledge to understand how the Rough Riders helped to bring about an armistice to the Spanish-American War.

Instructional Objectives

  1. The student will be able to explain the Rough Riders and their role in Cuba.
  2. The student will be able to use the information they learn to explain the importance of the Rough Riders in ending the Spanish-American War.

Student Web Activity Answers

  1. Members of the regiment included cowboys, Native Americans, people who lived out West, Ivy League athletes, and aristocratic sportsmen. They could ride, shoot, were in great physical shape, and did not require a lot of training.
  2. After the capture, the city surrendered. The war was virtually over. Illness began to kill troops and Roosevelt called for the troops to be brought home as soon as possible.
  3. After four and a half months together, approximately 37 percent of those who made it to Cuba became casualties.
  4. The colored facings on the collars, cuffs, and pocket flaps showed your branch of service: yellow for cavalry, blue for infantry, and red for artillery.
  5. They were told to burn their uniforms and wear new ones.
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