American Superpower PowerPoints & Google Slides | American History



This curriculum includes interactive PowerPoints, Google Slides, student questions, and primary source activities on the time period when the United States became a world power (i.e., 1898 after the Spanish-American War to the end of World War II). Students will learn about the American Empire (American Imperialism), Progressive Era, World War I, Roaring Twenties, Great Depression and New Deal, and World War II.


Each PowerPoint (or Google Slides) comes with a primary source activity with questions for students to answer. It also includes questions for students to answer while the teacher presents the PPTs. These questions keep the students focused.


Lessons in this bundle include:

Spanish-American War

Philippine-American War

Annexation of Hawaii

Open Door Policy

Big Stick Policy

Panama Canal

Roosevelt Corollary

Immigration history

Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle

Women’s Movement

Jane Addams and Hull House

Trust Busting

Progressive Party (Bull-Moose Party)


Causes of World War I

Trench Warfare


Zimmerman Telegram

Russian Revolution

1918 Flu Pandemic (Spanish Flu)

Fourteen Points

League of Nations

Tulsa Race Massacre

“Return to Normalcy”





Harlem Renaissance

The Scopes Trial

Farming Crisis in the 1920s

Roaring Twenties

Causes of the Great Depression


Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal

New Deal programs

Causes of World War II

Adolf Hitler’s rise to power

Attack on Pearly Harbor


Battle of the Bulge

Battle of Iwo Jima


… and much more!


These presentations touch on all of the above topics and adds more detail. Students will understand American history in great detail.


Files included with each lesson:

• Editable PowerPoint (Google Slides option available)

• Primary Source PDF (Google Drive option available) with questions for students

• Student Study Guide Notes (print for students or load to LMS)

– Students fill in this document during (and after) the presentation

• Teacher Guide PDF (print one copy for you)


These PPTs and Google Slides work with traditional American history textbooks.


How to use these presentation:

  • Present the PowerPoint (or Google Slides) in the classroom
  • If using Google Slides, click the link provided and copy the slides into your Google Docs (very easy)
  • Present the Google Slides via Zoom (if distance learning)
  • Present and discuss – while presenting, get students involved and create discussion questions that get students thinking like a historian and comparing historical events to current events
  • Print presentation with notes and let students read the slides (and notes)
  • Alternatively: have students view the slides, and they present the material in groups


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