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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

Brief Constructed Response (BCR) Item

Show the students examples and then have them review the basic components of political cartoons. Then have the students design political cartoons that either criticize or defend the Monroe Doctrine.

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