Students will identify and explain the principles of the United States government expressed in stories, symbols, poems, songs, and landmarks.
Students will interpret fiction and non-fiction passages about people, places, and events related to the American political system.
Reviewing The Star Spangled Banner
Activity 2: Review and Map Identification
Review the song's historical context with the students and point out the following locations on a classroom map: Upper Marlboro, Bladensburg, Baltimore, Fort McHenry, and Mount Welby (present day Oxon Cove Park/Oxon Hill Farm), home of the DeButts family.
Instruct the students to write a paragraph or draw a picture on why they think The Star-Spangled Banner song was chosen to be our National Anthem. Ask students to find out when the song became our National Anthem.
Oxon Cove Park and The Star Spangled Banner
Activity 1: Viewing The Resources
Ask students to draw a picture or write a story on how they would have felt, as an American citizen, to find a British congreve rocket on their hill. Remind the students that a congreve rocket is what Francis Scott Key refers to in The Star Spangled Banner when he writes about the " rockets red glare."
Putting It All Together