The Star-Spangled Banner: Fact or Fiction?

Is the Star-Spangled Banner an actual account of a gripping battle, or is it just a catchy tune? Young scholars compare eyewitness descriptions of the War of 1812 battle that inspired "The Star-Spangled Banner." They also examine images of Fr. McHenry to sort out fact from fiction when it comes to the national anthem. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Use as an introductory lesson for the War of 1812
Classroom Considerations
  • Learners may want to listen to renditions of the song during the activity
  • Class members need background knowledge of the War of 1812
Pros
  • Resource encourages critical thinking about the national narrative
  • Activity includes interesting images
Cons
  • Some of the included links no longer work