Imperialism: Major Colonizing Powers

AES Library Standards

1.3:  Find, evaluate, and select appropriate sources to answer questions
1.5: Demonstrate mastery of technology tools for accessing information and pursuing inquiry.
1.6: Demonstrate confidence and self-direction by making independent choices in the selection of resources and information.
1.7: Respect copyright/intellectual property rights of creators and producers
2.3: Use technology and other information tools to analyze and organize information.
3.1: Conclude an inquiry-based research process by sharing new understandings and reflecting on the learning.


Part 1: Background on Major Colonizing Powers



Students will be divided into groups based on major colonizing powers: France, England, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Germany, Dutch, Japan.

Within each group students will be divided into focus questions like:

  • What areas of the world were colonized by this power and what resources/geography were involved?
  • What was the colonial experience of the indigenous people whose lands were colonized?
  • How was the colonial power affected by colonization?
  • What vestiges of colonization are still present/visible in today’s society?

Each student will be responsible for creating a minimum number of notecards with single element of information in their own words as well as source cards for the creation of a bibliography.

Each colonizing power group (2-3 students ) would then put together and present a visual presentation based on the information that they collected.


Day 1: Search for information and create source cards and note cards


Resources: Books, Britannica, Facts on File(Modern World History)

(Citing a websiteAuthor(s). “Title of Article/Page.” Other Contributor(s). Name of Website, Publisher, Date of Publication, URL. Date of Access.)


Collection and Organization: Physical Source cards and Note cards




Day 2: Finalize research and groups will present

Students will have 20 mins to complete their task and then they will share their findings with the rest of the class.

Best evidences and sources

Day 3:  Develop a research question

Library research rubric

Mind map

NoodleTools Outline Example

Part 2: Develop a question to focus on one aspect of your colonizing power


Students have to comp up with their own RESEARCH QUESTION to which they formulate a THESIS STATEMENT and must prove with evidence.  The research question will relate to the colonizing power they they have researched and, of course, each question would need to be different.

Note: You will be using NoodleTools to cite your sources, create notecards and an outline. You will not be writing a full paper, however, your notecards should contain a direct quote as well as paraphrasing of the information from the direct quote.

Resources: Facts on File, EBSCO, Questia

Collection and Organization:  NoodleTools

Create and Share a Project


Create a Citation


Day 4:  Final Research Question and Draft a Thesis Statment


Day 5:  In class  – Complete Research and Finalize their Notecards and Outline in NoodleTools

Create a Notecard


Create an Outline

Day 6: In class continue to refine your question and develop a thesis statement



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