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Lesson Plan 8-2: Our Cause It Is Just

The Causes of the War of 1812

A young nation is at the brink of war—its fate in the hands of Congress as it debates whether or not to go to war against Great Britain. Should the United States pursue a diplomatic path or engage its forces against the world’s most formidable military?

History comes alive as students role play members of Congress debating this historical decision. Students will explore the events leading up to the war using rich, multimedia resources including video clips from Anthem, political cartoons, songs, and interactive websites. Students will sharpen their historical thinking skills as they research and analyze primary and secondary sources.They will test their powers of persuasion by writing and presenting argumentative speeches. In addition, the students will strengthen their understanding of the causes of the War of 1812 and the significance of The Star-Spangled Banner.

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