Significance of the War of 1812
The War of 1812 was a turning point in American history because it proved the newly formed United States could defend itself against a major world power. It also gave us our national anthem, The Star-Spangled Banner. Move beyond the textbook with this War of 1812 activity that allows students to engage with the facts as well as practice locating text evidence! The extra bonus is coloring- I’ve heard from social studies teachers in 3rd grade all the way up to 12th whose students love getting a chance to relax and color!
Differentiate and Engage
I really love creating these resources because I needed options as a classroom teacher. For several years, we did not have a current textbook or any sort of curriculum provided. While this was not ideal, it also gave me an opportunity to get creative with my history lessons. Every year is different, and every group of students is different. Rarely is an activity one size fits all, and I include two reading and activity levels to help you meet the needs of your students.
Hold Students Accountable with Text Evidence
This activity includes facts about the following:
- Causes of the War of 1812
- Battle of Baltimore
- Battle of New Orleans
- The War Ends
- After the War
I think we have all had moments where we assigned an activity only to have students figure out the color pattern and complete it within 10 minutes. The problem is, they didn’t engage with the content or actually prove they knew the answers. By requiring them to underline, highlight, or circle their text evidence, you can ensure they have taken their time to read and comprehend.