Section 1 (Pages 1-21) includes the causes for war and historical background, War of 1812-related vocabulary, and a timeline of significant events.
Section 2 (Pages 22-38) includes major figures associated with the war, such as Francis Scott Key, Commodore Joshua Barney, and President and Dolly Madison.
Section 3 (Pages 39-47) includes descriptions of major battles and maps illustrating naval and overland troop movements.
Section 4 (Pages 48-59) includes primary source worksheets, primary source examples, and tools for visual, auditory, and tactile/kinesthetic learners.
Section 5 (Pages 60-66) includes online resources, field trip suggestions, a bibliography, and acknowledgements.
The guide was developed by the City of Baltimore's War of 1812 Bicentennial Education Committee with the financial and production support of the American Flag Foundation, the Baltimore National Heritage Area, the National Park Service's Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail, the Friends of Fort McHenry, the Maryland Historical Society, and the Maryland Humanities Council.