Digital Skills: Developing Online Assessment Skills in Everyday Classroom Activities Western Reserve Public Media

“You Belong to Me” Imperialism
With the closing of the western frontier, Americans developed favorable attitudes toward foreign expansion. Pushed along by global competition for markets and prestige, an expanded navy and a sense of cultural superiority, the United States engaged in a series of overseas actions which fostered its move to global power status. The annexation of Hawaii followed by a successful conclusion to the Spanish-American War allowed the United States to join other nations in imperialist ventures.

I can:
  • Analyze the circumstances which enabled the United States to emerge as a world power in the early 1900s.

  • 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:
  • American 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:

  1. Students create Adobe Spark Video Account

  2. Students locate proper definitions (including citation of source)

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

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


Activity 2:

  1. Student compiles gathered information into Adobe Spark Video

  2. Student narrates video (optional)

  3. Student places music with video

  4. Student publishes video

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


Ohio American History

  • 15. As a result of overseas expansion, the Spanish-American War and World War I, the United States emerged as a world power.
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