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War of 1812 Classroom Curricula

There are a number of organizations preparing learning materials and classroom curricula related to the War of 1812. We have identified a number of resources below. If you have related teaching matterials that are available on a non-commercial basis, we invite you to Contact Us to have your website added to the list.

 A Sailor's Life for Me

A  Sailor's Life for Me
This award-winning online game from the USS Constitution Museum also features an Educator's Resource section, with printable lesson plans.  Students will climb aboard USS Constitution during the War of 1812 and play the game with a purpose.  These resources to help teach the War of 1812 are organized by grade levels, topics, and even primary sources specific to your needs.  Come aboard!


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USS Constitution Museum

The history of USS Constitution tells the story of the American experience and who we are as a nation. During the War of 1812, USS Constitution’s diverse crew, separated from family and friends, lived disciplined lives in a shipboard world at war, threatened by nature and man. What they did together changed the nation, changed them as individuals, and contributed to Americans’ sense of national identity.  The Museum's interactive, hands-on programs and tours for students (Grades PreK - 12th) bring to life the diverse crew on board USS Constitution and encourage students to make personal connections with history.  Options to customize a program for older students and groups of all ages are available. The USS Constitution Museum is committed to providing teachers with the tools and support they need to teach about USS Constitution and the War of 1812.


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The Second War of American Independence

Schools of California Online Resources for Education
The SCORE content has been selected and evaluated by a team of educators from across California, organized by primary and secondary web resources annotated and indexed to California's curriculum. In the War of 1812 curriculum, students act as news correspondents or investigative reporters to research one or more battles, or events, of the War of 1812. Following the research, students write either a "broad side" (a one-page bulletin of information like those posted or passed among American's in the 1800s) or
a magazine article that will become part of a group’s news magazine to depict this turning point in history.


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War of 1812 Lesson Plans By Grade

Maryland War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission

Lesson Plans By Grade.pdf

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Fort McHenry Lesson Plans and Teacher Guides

National Park Service, Baltimore, MD


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A History of the War of 1812 and the Star-Spangled Banner

Smithsonian Institution
Many textbooks for grades 3 through 8 do not include the story of the War of 1812. Using this classroom activity, students will be able to cite the origins and outcome of the War of 1812 and be able to place the creation of the Star-Spangled Banner in a chronological framework.


Friends of Fort McHenry

Long May It Wave: The War of 1812 and Fort McHenry, A National Curriculum for Grades 4 Through 8

Friends of Fort McHenry
To support teachers in Maryland and across the United States as they commemorate the Bicentennial of the War of 1812 in their classrooms, the Friends of Fort McHenry has developed a national curriculum on the War of 1812 and Fort McHenry for grades 4 through 8 in partnership with the National Park Service. This curriculum features downloadable lesson plans that correlate to the Maryland State Curriculum for Social Studies and the Common Core State Standards Initiative and emphasize historical thinking skills. Each lesson plan includes primary source documents and images, student worksheets, and suggestions for accommodations and extensions.


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President Madison's 1812 War Message

National Endowment for the Humanities
The decision to go to war is one of the most serious an American president faces. On June 1, 1812, President Madison sent a letter—later dubbed his war message—to both houses of Congress.


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Remembering & Teaching America's Forgotten War of 1812

Erie Maritime Museum
For Middle School and High School students who already have a background in regional history or the history of the War of 1812, this Erie Maritime Museum field trip program allows students to experience aspects of the life of a sailor in Perry's fleet.


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The War of 1812



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War of 1812 Lesson Plans & Activities

Mr. Donn.org
Lesson Plans & Activities


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The War of 1812

A collection of activity ideas and lesson plans for teaching about the war of 1812. Students create a play about President James Madison, and analyze the meaning of the Star Spangled Banner.


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Parks Canada

Classroom-ready educational resources that will enhance your students' learning experiences about Canada's national historic events, sites, national parks and national marine conservation areas, including many referenes to the War of 1812.

http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/rech-srch.aspx?kw=war of 1812&ctg=

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