Grade 9 Unit 1 Imperialism

West Haven Public Schools

Unit Planning Organizer

Subject:  Global Studies                                              

Grade:  9

Unit: Imperialism                                                     

Pacing:  Two Weeks

Essential Questions:

1.      How has imperialism impacted the world?

2.      How did the competition for colonies impact nations?

3.      Why did nations look to create empires?

Big Ideas:

1.      Imperialism has tremendous impact historically on the world’s regions.

2.      The competition to establish new colonies impacted both the mother country and those being colonized.

3.      The reason for imperialism is to expand physically, economically, socially.

CT State Standards


1.3.3:  Explain the causes and impact of imperialism.

1.3.4:  Explain examples of conflict and cooperation in world affairs.

1.4.2:  Use  maps, charts, and graphs to Analyze how geographic location and resources influenced historical and contemporary imperialism.


1.3.2:  Explain the significance of globalization on the world’s nations and societies.

1.3.5:  Compare and contrast political systems across historical time periods.

1.3.7:  Compare and contrast the rise and fall of prominent civilizations.

1.3.9:  Analyze the impact of nationalism on world events.

1.3.10:  Analyze the causes and results of political/social revolution.

1.3.11:  Evaluate the role and impact of the individual on historical events.

1.3.12:  Evaluate the impact of major belief systems on societies and nations.

1.4.1:   Explain how technological developments have changed our sense and understanding of location and space in the modern world.

1.7.1:  Compare and contrast how different national governments throughout the world

            attempt to meet the needs of their citizens.

1.9.1:  Give examples of how individuals or groups have worked to expand or limit

            citizens’ rights in the United States and other nations of the world.

1.13.2:  Analyze examples of the impact of cultural diversity in different nations.


“Unwrapped” Concepts and Skills, and Bloom Levels (BL)

Concepts(Need to Know)

Skills(Able to Do)


-Causes and impact of imperialism

   *reasons that nations pursue imperialism

   *effects on individuals


-Maps, charts, and graphs to analyze historical imperialism


-Examples of imperialism and expansion


   * sphere of influence

   * Ram Mohun Roy

   *Balance of Trade

   *Opium War


   *Open Door Policy

   *Boxer Uprising

   *Sun Yixian


































Common Formative Pre- Assessment:


“Dipsticks” (Informal Progress Monitoring Checks):


-In class individual and small group work


-Q and A

-Closure Activities

Common Formative Post- Assessment:


Instructional Planning

Suggested Resources/Materials:


Primary/Secondary Sources

Map Activity

Graphic Organizer


Power Point/Smartboard


Student Created Posters

Suggested Research-based Effective Instructional Strategies:

“Two Viewpoints of Imperialism in Africa”,  “Two Viewpoints of the Suez Canal”, Primary Source- “Exhortation to Study”, Map Activity- Ottoman Empire in the Late 1800s, Geography Quiz- Imperialism in India, Map Activity- Imperialism in Africa, Using Historical Sources- “The Arrival of the Europeans”, Create an Imperialism Political Carton

Vocabulary/Word Wall


Interdisciplinary Connections

Imperialism, Protectorate, Sphere of influence, Usman dan Fodio, Shaka, Paternalistic, David Livingstone, Henry Stanley, King Leopold II, Boer War, Samori Toure, Yaa Asantewaa, Nehanda, Menelik II, Elite, Muhammad Ahmad, Mahdi, Pasha, Sultan, Genocide, Muhammad Ali, Concession, Sati, Sepoy, Viceroy, Deforestation, Ram Mohun Roy, Purdah, Balance of trade, Trade surplus, Trade deficit, Opium War, Indemnity, Extraterritoriality, Taiping Rebellion, Sino-Japanese War, Open Door Policy, Guang Xu, Boxer Uprising, Sun Yixian

-“A Letter to Queen Victoria”

-The British In India Map Activity

-Biography Activity= Rabindranath Tagore

-“The Gentlemen of the Jungle” Activity


   *Research newspaper articles from late 1800s and early 1900s that influenced Imperialism.  Write your own article.

   *Write a speech from the point of view of a Boxer nationalist arguing for the expulsion of foreign merchants from China.

-Math:  Create a graph highlighting the economic causes and effects of Imperialism during the late 1800s and early 1900s.

-Science:  Many people supported the idea of Imperialism based on the principles of Social Darwinism.  Investigate the impact this had on indigenous populations.