The War of 1812: Cast Your Vote! Grade 6-9 This lesson plan examines the arguments for and against declaring war on the British in the summer of 1812. Using an online simulation/game, students will examine numerous regional perspectives from across the country to identify the reasons given to declare and not declare war on the British. Students assess the various reasons in order to cast their vote if the United States Congress should declare war. After completing the simulations, the students will complete a written response regarding the complexity of the causes of the War of 1812 and assessing the reasons the nation was divided on the war.
War of 1812 Music & Dancing: All Levels Learn how music can be a great tool for teaching history, and also get the definitive story about the writing of the Star-Spangled Banner and the song that was going through Francis Scott Key's mind as he wrote the lyrics.
Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Site Lesson Plans: All Levels
Parks Canada: Teacher Resource Center: All Levels There are many good materials usable by teachers in the United States. A key word search for "War of 1812" will identify various learning resources relating to the war. Materials are grouped by national historic site. Please note that if you seek site specific education programming information, you will have to go to the individual War of 1812 related National Historic Site websites on the Parks Canada main public website. For example, Fort George and Fort Malden have great information and some pre-visit activities under the "Learning Experiences" section of their specific websites.
War of 1812: Esri GIS Community Lesson:Grade 8 In this activity students will leverage some of the tools and features available within ArcGIS.com -http://www.arcgis.com/home/ to create a spatial journal based on historical events surrounding the Battle of Fort George during the War of 1812. Students will explore how the British first lost occupation of Fort George and then the events that led to them capturing the fort. This activity can be used as an introductory lesson about the War of 1812. Make sure to check the bandwidth requirements necessary to run this file.