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The War of 1812

Lesson Plans | Primary Sources |

 

Lesson Plans:

The War of 1812 - Should it be called the Second War of Independence? - You are a "news correspondent - investigative reporter." You will research one or more battles, or events, of the War of 1812. Following your research you will write an original article, which may include a map, drawing, or illustration. (has teacher notes)

President Madison's 1812 War Message: Answers Lead to More Questions - Ask students to assume the role of newspaper reporters present when President Madison's message was read in the House of Representatives. Have them write a concise, accurate account of what the message contained. Students should remember to begin the account using the reporter's formula, a brief paragraph summarizing the key elements: who, what, where, when, and why of the event. The text of Madison's message should be available to students as they compose their articles.

War of 1812 History Lesson - A history reading comprehension lesson on the War of 1812. The lesson discusses causes of the war, important battles, and additional history information. Includes a printable teaching lesson worksheet.


Primary Source Documents:


The Treaty of Ghent
- The Treaty of Ghent ended the War of 1812 between the United States and Great Britain. Peace negotiations began in Ghent, Belgium, starting in August of 1814. After four months of talks, the treaty was signed on December 24, 1814. The Senate unanimously ratified the Treaty of Ghent on February 16, 1815.

Alice Williamson Diary, 1864 - Several accounts of the Indians' actions against the Americans during the War of 1812, including the Battle of River Raisin and the death of Tecumseh.

Cartoon Depicting The War of 1812 - Cartoon showing President James Madison and probably John Armstrong, his secretary of war, both with bundles of papers, fleeing from Washington, with burning buildings behind them

 

 

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