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These lesson plans for 4th grade and 8th grade classrooms align with Common Core and Social Studies Standards.

4th Grade

Lesson 4-1: Ode to Francis Scott Key
Biography of the Author of The Star-Spangled Banner

Explore the life of Francis Scott Key and create a poem.

Lesson 4-2: Parody in Music
Music During The War of 1812

Students will explore Maryland's musical heritage by reading, discussing, and singing parodies related to Maryland history and culture.

8th Grade

Lesson 8-1: By the Dawn's Early Light
Understanding the Lyrics and Their Influence

Learn the story behind The Star-Spangled Banner and the bombardment of Fort McHenry through multimedia resources, primary source documents, and close reading activities.

Lesson 8-2: Our Cause It Is Just
The Causes of The War of 1812

Investigate the arguments for and against war with Britain by role-playing congressional leaders in 1812.

Lesson 8-3: Land of the Free, Home of the Brave
Becoming the Anthem

Listen to patriotic songs about the United States and find out why the U.S Congress adopted The Star-Spangled Banner as the national anthem in 1931.

Lesson 8-4: Between their Loved Home and War's Desolation
Marylanders Defend Their Home

Research local history to learn how Marylanders responded to the War of 1812 and the legacy of the war on the Chesapeake region.

Lesson 8-5: Ode to Francis Scott Key
Biography of the Author of The Star-Spangled Banner

Explore the life of Francis Scott Key and create a poem.

Lesson 8-6: Parody in Music
Using a Melody For a Message

Songs that are based on existing melodies include our national anthem and the State Song of Maryland.