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Fort McHenry and Francis Scott Keyes

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1812 - Fort McHenry


  1. Research Fort McHenry and Francis Scott Keyes taking notes while using a URL site, an encyclopedia and a picture book.
  2. As a character at the fort, use the notes to create an illustrated journal containing 6 - 7 entries which reveal important incidents and discoveries. (Student character interpretation )
  3. Organize a focused narrative which:
    • includes background information about how the situation came about
    • contains information of what happened during the event
    • uses supporting details to explain how the results of what happened during the incident affected the growth history of the United States!
  4. Create an artifact packet (use a gallon plastic bag) which includes primary source documents, miniature props, and a descriptive index of the contents related to the battle at Fort McHenry.

Online resources:
  1. Student illustrated, online character interpretation
  2. 1812 battle at Fort McHenry in Baltimore, Maryland witnessed by Francis Scott Key which prompted the writing of the Star Spangled Banner, the national anthem of the United States of America
  3. Battle of Baltimore
  4. Information about the U.S. Flag
  5. Fort McHenry National Historic Shrine
  • Kroll, Steven. By the Dawn's Early Light.
  • Morris, Richard. War of 1812.

As of December 4, 2003, you are visitor to explore Fort McHenry.

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