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Lesson Plans

Lesson 1 - By the Dawn's Early Light

Understanding the Lyrics and Their Influence

This lesson is part of a multi-lesson, interdisciplinary historical investigation into the questions: How and why did The Star-Spangled Banner become the national anthem? In each lesson of this investigation, students will explore a different facet of The Star-Spangled Banner.

Lesson 2 - Our Cause It Is Just

The Causes of The War of 1812

Students will examine multimedia resources to learn more about the political, economic and social causes of the War of 1812. Students will role play Congressional leaders who must decide whether or not to declare war against Great Britain. They will write a short, persuasive argument for or against the war based on their assigned position.

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