The Panama Canal Treaties

Suggested Ways to Use the Material

This material can be used in many different ways. You may want to choose other teaching strategies besides those outlined in this material. Some of the documents have special notes on them. You may want to cover the notes when making photocopies for your students. (Note: You may find it helpful to make a set of the documents as photocopy masters and then laminate another set for your own use.)

To begin, provide each student with a copy of Sheet 1. This is a good introduction to the use of primary sources and learning about historical events. Searching for History focuses upon sources of historical information and introduces students to the prevalence of different points of view, biases, and special interests. While a specific document is not required in order to use Sheet 1, students will greatly benefit from classroom discussions of the issues raised in the activity as the questions are structured for multiple answers. Sheets 2 and 3 are designed to be used in conjunction with the Exercises.

Copies of the Terms of the Panama Canal Treaty and Neutrality Treaty contain important background information for the students to read before working on the exercises. Each exercise has a list of the documents needed by students. For each exercise (except 4), each student will need a copy of List 1 and the Time Line. These will be helpful in knowing the names of administrative officials and having a time frame for the important events.

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