Lesson Plan

Citizens For and Against the War of 1812

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Use this exceptional resource to examine the discourse and debate that occurred at the start of the War of 1812 with your class. Learners will first consider their own position on the war in a silent journal writing activity. Then after consulting primary source documents through guided instruction, independent practice, and working in pairs, your class will come together to summarize source material and construct an informed argument on the issue.

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CCSS: Designed
  • Engaging assessment in which learners create a broadside with text or graphics urging fellow citizens to support or oppose the war
  • Excellent materials included in packet, such as note taking worksheets for primary sources, exit tickets, and a variety of primary sources
  • Consider an alternative warm-up activity, as your class may not be able to provide enough reasons to support or oppose military actions against Iraq/Afghanistan