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  • Dolley Madison and the Portrait of George Washington

    The events leading up to the burning of the White House during the War of 1812 have been well chronicled. Among the most celebrated events of the war was the saving of George Washington’s portrait by Dolley Madison before the White House was torched. Thanks to a letter written by Mrs. Madison prior to her escape this event is recounted.  Recently, however, an expert concluded that perhaps the write the letter was written later - perhaps 20 years later. From the White House Historical Associati

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Fourth Grade-Eleventh Grade
    Subjects:
    African American History and Culture, Art, Education, Historic Preservation, Military and Wartime History, U.S. First Ladies, War of 1812, Women's History
    Keywords:
    war of 1812, Star Fort, Star-Spangled Banner, Star-Spangled Banner Flag, first lady, Chesapeake Campaign, Chesapeake Bay, James Madision, Dolley Madison, Burning of the White House, George Washington portrait, Primary Source
  • The British bombardment of Fort McHenry

    Students will read primary and secondary source documents to identify the actions of the citizens in the defense of Baltimore during the War of 1812.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Fourth Grade
    Subjects:
    War of 1812
  • The flag flies over Fort McHenry.

    Download National Curriculum for Grades 4 Through 8: Long May It Wave: The War of 1812 & 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 developed a national curriculum on the War of 1812 and Fort McHenry for grades 4 through 8.

    Type:
    Curricula
    Grade level:
    Fourth Grade-Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    War of 1812
    National/State Standards:
    Geography, History, Social Studies
  • Soldiers on the Fort McHenry parade

    These eleven lesson plans study the attack on Baltimore and Fort McHenry during the War of 1812.

    Type:
    Curricula
    Grade level:
    Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    War of 1812
    National/State Standards:
    Geography, History and Social Studies Skills
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