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Standard 5.0 History

Topic C. Conflict between Ideas and Institutions

Indicator 2. Analyze the emerging foreign policy of the United States

Objective c. Evaluate the origins and provisions of the Monroe Doctrine and explain how it influenced foreign affairs

To help students understand the provisions of the Monroe Doctrine, first have them read key excerpts from the doctrine, found at, using the jigsaw method. Break the class into four groups, assigning each group the text outlining one of the four key provisions of the doctrine. Ask the groups to read the excerpts and decipher their meaning. Next, reorganize the class into smaller groups consisting of one representative from each of the four original excerpt groups. Have each student share the meaning of his/her provision with the other members of the group, so that the group has a complete understand of all four provisions of the Monroe Doctrine. Provide each group with poster board or a large piece of a paper and have them create a political cartoon that illustrates the major provisions of the Monroe Doctrine. If the students are not familiar with political cartoons, you may need to review some examples from a modern newspaper first.

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