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“Royals” Imperialism
In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, European countries competed to establish colonies in Africa and Asia. Raw materials needed for their growing industries were extracted from the colonies. Imperialism resulted in the spread of Western values (e.g., religion, customs, ways of governing).

By the early 20th century, many European nations as well as Japan extended their control over other lands and created empires. Their motivations had economic, political and social roots.

Dramatic differences in viewpoints existed between the European colonizers and those they colonized. Different viewpoints between these two groups included the extension of Western cultural practices vs. loss of traditions and modernization vs. breakup of past institutions.

I can:
  • Describe the political, economic and social roots of imperial expansion.

  • Describe how imperialism involved land acquisition, extraction of raw materials, the spread of Western values and maintenance of political control.

  • Describe how the consequences of imperialism were viewed differently by the colonizers and the colonized.

  • Analyze cause, effect, sequence and correlation in historical events, including multiple causation and long- and short-term causal relations.

Tech Skills:
  • Navigate websites

  • Utilize keyboarding and mouse skills

  • Select objects and paste them into another location.

  • Highlight text and copy and paste it into another location.

  • Properly cite and utilize web images connected to content

  • Utilize Adobe Spark Video to create presentation

  • Publish and share a digital creation

Materials and Resources:

Adobe Spark and Imperialism Directions

How to Use Adobe Spark YouTube Video

Adobe Spark: A Guide for Schools and Educators

Grade Level:
  • 9th-12th Grade
Subject Area:
  • Modern World History

Students will create Adobe Spark Videos which incorporate key vocabulary to the unit of study surround Imperialism. The video will incorporate images, definitions and sentences demonstrating an understanding of the terms.


Activity 1:

  • Students create Adobe Spark Video Account

  • Students locate proper definitions (including citation of source)

  • Student locates matching image to reinforce definition (including true citation of image)

  • Student creates sentences that demonstrate their understanding of the terms in context.



Activity 2:

  • Student compiles gathered information into Adobe Spark Video

  • Student narrates video (optional)

  • Student places music with video

  • Student publishes video

  • Student shares link of video with instructor or whatever LMS or manner of submission instructor prefers.



Ohio Modern World History

  • 10. Imperial expansion had political, economic and social roots.

  • 11. Imperialism involved land acquisition, extraction of raw materials, spread of Western values and maintenance of political control.

  • 12. The consequences of imperialism were viewed differently by the colonizers and the colonized.

  • 13. Advances in technology, communication and transportation improved lives, but also had negative consequences.

Supplementary Resources:


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