Worksheets and No Prep Teaching Resources
Worksheets and No Prep Teaching Resources
Reading Comprehension Worksheets
Spanish American War (1898)
Isolation vs. Expansion - Background of America's War with Spain

Spanish American War (1898)
Spanish American War (1898)


Isolation vs. Expansion - Background of America's War with Spain
Print Isolation vs. Expansion - Background of America's War with Spain Reading Comprehension with Sixth Grade Work

Print Isolation vs. Expansion - Background of America's War with Spain Reading Comprehension


Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 6 to 8
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   5.44

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    expansionism, land-hungry, ragtag, resource-rich, humiliation, upstart, isolationism, Know-how, rethink, economic, far-off, declaration, spanned, nation, union, military
     content words:    British Empire, United States, North American, President James Monroe, Monroe Doctrine, Civil War, Most War Department


Isolation vs. Expansion - Background of America's War with Spain
By Toni Lee Robinson
  

1     It was 1898. The nation that had begun as a bunch of ragtag rebels throwing rocks at the world's most powerful army had grown up. Amazingly, it had won its independence. At the time, the British Empire spanned the world. The young nation had even withstood a second war against Britain. It had bounced back from the humiliation of seeing its capital reduced to ashes. It had even withstood the dreadful wounds of a war within itself.
 
2     The United States was no longer an upstart band of colonies. It was a union, over one hundred years old, solid and strong. Through all its struggles, its people had constantly pushed out its boundaries. A vast wilderness had been tamed. Now the country sprawled across the North American continent. It truly stretched "from sea to shining sea."
 
3     Ships carrying goods from U.S. fields and factories docked at all the world's ports. From all over the world, other ships brought people to the nation's wide shores. The newcomers looked to America for their future. Many thousands had hung their hopes on the "broad stripes and bright stars."
 
4     In the 1890s, the U.S. and the world were getting ready for the coming of a whole new century. For many Americans, times were good. They had made it through a nasty economic storm in the early part of the decade. Now, factories were humming and people were buying goods. In most sectors, money was flowing.

Paragraphs 5 to 14:
For the complete story with questions: click here for printable



Weekly Reading Books

          Create Weekly Reading Books

Prepare for an entire week at once!


Feedback on Isolation vs. Expansion - Background of America's War with Spain
Leave your feedback on Isolation vs. Expansion - Background of America's War with Spain   (use this link if you found an error in the story)



Spanish American War (1898)
             Spanish American War (1898)


United States
             United States


    American Government  
 
    Black History and Blacks in U.S. History  
 
    Children in History  
 
    Government Careers  
 
    Hispanic Heritage  
 
    How Can I Help?  
 
 
    Immigration  
 
    National Parks and Monuments  
 
    Native Americans  
 
    Presidents of the United States  
 
    Women's History  
 


United States History
    A Nation Divided
(1840-1861)
 
 
    A New Nation
(1776-1830)
 
 
    After the Civil War
(1865-1870)
 
 
    American Revolution  
 
    Cold War
(1947-1991)
 
 
    Colonial America (1492-1776)  
 
    Lewis and Clark
(1804-1806)
 
 
    Pearl Harbor  
 
    Spanish American War (1898)  
 
    The 1890's  
 
    The 1900's  
 
    The 1910's  
 
    The 1920's  
 
    The 1930's  
 
 
    The 1940's  
 
    The 1950's  
 
    The 1960's  
 
    The 1970's  
 
    The 1980's  
 
    The 1990's  
 
    The 2000's  
 
    The Civil War
(1861-1865)
 
 
    The Great Depression
(1929-1945)
 
 
    The United States Grows
(1865-1900)
 
 
    The War of 1812  
 
    Wild, Wild West  
 
    World War I
(1914-1918)
 
 
    World War II  
 


50 States

             Fifty States Theme Unit


Document Based Activities
      Document Based Activities



Copyright © 2017 edHelper