Primary Sources Bring the Past to Life!
The War of 1812 Primary Sources are just what teachers need to help students learn how to analyze primary sources in order to meet Common Core State Standards!
Students participate in active learning by creating their own interpretations of history using historical documents. Students make observations, generate questions, organize information and ideas, think analytically, write persuasively or informatively, and cite evidence to support their opinions, hypotheses, and conclusions. Students learn how to integrate and evaluate information to deepen their understanding of historical events.
The 20 Primary Source documents in the The War of 1812 include:
- Cartoon showing a boxing match between King George III and James Madison—makes fun of British naval losses early in the War of 1812—published 1813
- Portrait of William Henry Harrison, U.S. Army general during the War of 1812 and ninth President of the United States—1813
- Illustration of the ruins of the U.S. Capitol after the British burned Washington, D.C., in August 1814
- Letter written by First Lady Dolley Madison to her sister—when the British invaded Washington, D.C., Dolley stayed in the White House to help retrieve a valuable portrait of George Washington—1814
- Wood engraving showing Washington, D.C., under attack by British forces in August 1814—published October 1814
- Copy of broadside printing of “Defence of Fort M’Henry,” the poem that later became the national anthem of the United States—1814
- Painting titled The Signing of the Treaty of Ghent, Christmas Eve, 1814 by Sir Amédée Forestier—1914
- Cover for sheet music for the “Star-Spangled Banner”—circa 1861
- Engraving of the Battle of New Orleans in January 1815
- Wood engraving depicting the American warship Hornet sinking the HMS Peacock during 1813 battle—sailors are seen in rowboats abandoning ship—published circa 1815
- Lithograph depicting the 1813 Battle of the Thames and the death of Tecumseh—published 1833
- Lithograph of General Andrew Jackson, the hero of the Battle of New Orleans—circa 1835
- Lithograph showing portraits of War of 1812 naval officers around a vignette of the Battle of Lake Champlain—published 1846
- Engraving depicting a soldier’s wife lifting cannon balls in an artillery bunker during a battle at Fort Niagara, New York—published 1860
- Photograph of the flag that flew over Fort McHenry in 1814 and inspired the lyrics of America’s national anthem—photo taken 1873
- Painting titled Battle of Lake Erie by William Henry Powell—shows Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry transferring from the USS Lawrence to the USS Niagara during the 1813 battle—1873
- Illustration depicting British officers inspecting a group of American sailors for impressment into the British navy—published 1884
- Photograph showing a montage of portraits of Lawrence Swinyer, who served in the War of 1812, and his eight sons who served in the Civil War
- U.S. Navy engraved portrait of Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry—published 1917
- Photograph of Boy Scouts setting a flag on tomb at Arlington National Cemetery holding 14 veterans of the War of 1812—photo taken 1925
Your students will:
- Think critically and analytically, interpret events, and question various perspectives of history.
- Participate in active learning by creating their own interpretations instead of memorizing facts and a writer’s interpretations.
- Integrate and evaluate information provided in diverse media formats to deepen their understanding of historical events.
- Create a more relevant and meaningful learning experience.
Download the Gallopade Free Online Teacher’s Guide for Primary Sources PDF located in “Additional Info.”
All levels. 8 x 11 inches each. Cardstock.