Unit 4 Building Block 3

The War of 1812

Big Idea:

  • Historic turnings points shape societies and influence future events.
  • Foreign policy is shaped by ideological, economic, social, and political systems

Building Block Overview:

The teacher will ask students what might cause them to get so angry or upset that they would argue with others.As students brainstorm answers, the teacher will guide them by explaining that an argument always has more than one side. People in an argument must compromise or it can turn into something more dangerous. The teacher will introduce The War of 1812 by explaining that the British, the Native Americans of North America, the Canadian colonies, and the United States interpreted the war differently.The teacher will lead the students to discuss the different meanings of the war and ask students about the various reasons for going to war.The teacher will lead students in a constructive discussion of the pros and cons and reasons for entering the war.Students will complete graphic organizers.

Student Outcomes:

  • I can describe the causes and effects of the War of 1812.
  • I can explain various patriotic symbols.
  • I can sing and recite “The Star-Spangled Banner” and explain its history.

1) The teacher will ask students what might cause them to get so angry or upset that they would argue with others.

2) As students brainstorm answers, the teacher will guide them by explaining that an argument always has more than one side. People in an argument must compromise or it can turn into something more dangerous.

3) The teacher will introduce The War of 1812 segment (click on website link) by explaining that the British, the Native Americans of North America, the Canadian colonies, and the United States interpreted the war differently.  There are 2 really good videos on this site.

4) The teacher will distribute the graphic organizer (see attachment) and direct students to fill it in while they are viewing the documentary. Students must have at least five sentences for each group. Students may also choose to draw their meanings inside the graphic organizer.

5) The teacher will then question the class about the different meanings of the war and ask students about the various reasons for going to war.

6 The teacher will lead students in a constructive discussion of the pros and cons and reasons for entering the war.

7) Students will turn in their completed graphic organizers.

Extension Lesson:  Viewing Artifacts

Using the attached journals “War of 1812 Perspectives”, complete attached handout “Analyzing Written Documents” and discuss in literacy groups of 4 or 5.

  Cut up the War of 1812 Perspectives (see attachment) and give each group of students one perspective. Group looking at one person’s journal at a time, students read and reflect using the Analyzing Written Documents form. Rotate perspectives around the room and have each group analyze all four perspectives by the end of the learning.

Star Spangled Banner Lessons