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  • Oxon Cove Park & Oxon Hill Farm

    A Question of Loyalties: Mount Welby During the War of 1812 (Political Systems)

    A Question of Loyalties: Mount Welby During the War of 1812 (Political Systems)

    Oxon Cove Park has a rich history that includes the story of the Debutts, a British family that came to America in the late 1700s. The Debutts family finally settled on a hilltop overlooking the Potomac River that today is known as Oxon Cove Park. It is from this hilltop that Mrs. DeButts witnessed the British capture of Alexandria and the Burning of Washington. The family even found Congreve Rockets on this hill!

  • Chesapeake Bay

    Oystering on the Chesapeake

    Oystering on the Chesapeake

    The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum developed a set of ten Explorations designed to introduce students to different topics related to oystering.

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    Becoming Trail Stewards: Preserving and Making History on the Star-Spangled Banner Trail

    The goal of the Trail Stewards program is to empower local communities to become the caretakers of the Star Spangled Banner Trail. This guide will provide an introduction to the concepts of place-based and project-based learning which are the backbone of any hands-on learning experience. A project-based learning module on the War of 1812 was created by the Trail’s Teacher-Ranger-Teachers and can be used as a model for a community specific project and explore the War of 1812 with students.

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    War of 1812 Learning Module

    Independent and guided activities utilizing a cross-curricular approach to learning. Activities can be modified to meet the needs of your group. Includes guided primary source research, graphing, writing and literacy activites.

  • Natchez Trace Parkway

    Trails Across America (secondary 8th-12th)

    Trails Across America (secondary 8th-12th)

    Students will work in pairs to research National Historic and Scenic Trails and develop a compare and contrast report of two trails. Students will work in pairs to research and compare two scenic trails or two historic trails (see list). They will present their reports orally to the rest of the class. Visual aids are to be encouraged. If display boards are used as part of the assignment, the teacher should obtain permission to display them in the school or at a public library.

  • Natchez Trace Parkway

    Trails Across America (5th-7th)

    Trails Across America (5th-7th)

    Students will research National Historic and Scenic Trails, answer questions about the trail, generate a map showing the locations of the trails, and report orally. The students may work alone or in pairs. They will research an assigned trail (see list) on the internet www.nps.gov/nts or through maps pre-ordered or downloaded by the teacher. They will answer the questions on the worksheet. They will map their trail on a blank US map. When the students are finished, they will share what they have

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    The Biggest and Best Flag that Ever Flew

    The Biggest and Best Flag that Ever Flew

    While reading the story of Mary Pickersgill and the sewing of the Star-Spangled Banner flag students will gain insight into 19th century Baltimore. Using primary source material they will explore what other jobs people did and how they depended on each other.

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    Documents for the Classroom from the Maryland State Archives-Mary Pickersgill: Maker of the Star-Spangled Banner

    Teaching American History in Maryland is a collaborative program of the Maryland State Archives and the Center for History Education, University of Maryland Baltimore County, and several school systems: Anne Arundel County, the Baltimore City and Baltimore County Public Schools. Documents for the Classroom makes facsimiles of original documents available for use by teachers and students. This series is related to the Battle of North Point in the War of 1812. www.teachingamericanhistorymd.org

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    Defense of a Nation: Maryland's Role in the War of 1812 - A Teacher's Guide

    Defense of a Nation: Maryland's Role in the War of 1812 - A Teacher's Guide

    This guide serves as a single-source text and reference for conducting classroom history lessons on the War of 1812, and the role that Marylanders played. It is especially organized for teachers of pre- and post-secondary grade levels.Information provided in this guide will help make teaching this important history easy and accessible. The guide presents the major players in the war, its major battles, direct quotes from eyewitnesses, and information on additional resources.

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    Live from 1812!

    Students will act out newscasts taking place in different parts of the country during the War of 1812. Four groups will portray four unique experiences. Each group will complete a packet of primary and secondary source readings to prepare for the role-play. As student groups present their newscasts and interviews, audience members will record notes. At the end of the lesson, students will share what they learned in a “Letter to the Producer.”

Did You Know?

Bladensburg Waterfront Park

The Battle of Bladensburg in August 1814 was the only battle in American history where the President, the Secretary of War, the Secretary of the Navy and the Secretary of State were all present. The Americans lost.