DIRECTIONS: Read the assignment prompt. Use the material in the right pane to review the sources and your answers from the Inquiry page, by selecting a source and then using the tabs. Compose your answer in the box on the left. Use the email form to send your answer to your instructor.

ASSIGNMENT: "The explosion of the U.S.S. Maine caused the United States to invade Cuba in 1898." Use the documents provided and your own knowledge to evaluate this statement. Do you agree with this explanation of the causes of the Spanish American War? Why or why not? Use and cite evidence from the documents to support your analysis of this statement.




These definitions should help with reading comprehension.

  • Consul-General: a government official living in a foreign city charged with overseeing the protection of U.S. citizens and promoting trade. He would make periodic reports to his superiors in the U.S. Dept. of State
  • pell-mell: state of disorder or confusion
  • reconcentrados: those Cubans who had been moved into the reconcentration camps


Listen to Historian Mike O'Malley discuss the Spanish response to Cuban insurrection movements.

Historian Think Aloud

Natalia is reading “Reconcentration Camps,” In this clip, she begins reading at the top of the second paragraph, “Among the many deaths.”

Using the Think Aloud

Listen to educator Daisy Martin explain how to use the Think Aloud in analyzing the document.

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