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The War of 1812

A Resource Guide Created for Mr. Shives' Social Studies Class at Hancock Middle Senior High School

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War of 1812: Major Battles
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The War of 1812 was fought mainly in the northern United States and southern Canada. This map shows where the major land and water battles took place.


Scholastic News 5/6; May 7-14, 2012; Lexile Measure: 910; Grade Levels: 4,5

 "Almost every student knows why the colonists fought the American Revolution: to win their independence from the British. But fewer know why the two nations went to war again less than 40 years later. Today, the War of 1812 is largely forgotten." (Scholastic News) 


Washington Post; Jun 10, 2012; Lexile Measure: 1040; Grade Levels: 6,7,8

 "You know the words....You've sung them before a baseball game or at a swim meet. They're part of our national anthem, also called 'The Star-Spangled Banner.' You probably also know that Francis Scott Key wrote them. But do you know when and why? Key's inspiration was a battle during the War of 1812, which started 200 years ago this month. It's often called 'the forgotten war' because it isn't studied much in school. But the War of 1812 played a big role in helping the United States grow up and become more than just a collection of states."  (Washington Post) Learn more about the "The Star-Spangled Banner" and the War of 1812. 

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The War of 1812 Website

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This web site, "1812 experience", is made up of numerous articles, extensive links, and the largest collection of War of 1812 images on the internet. Event listings, news and unit web sites dealing with the exciting reenactment hobby can also be found here. Make your computer come alive with the sounds of the past by visiting our sound clip gallery. Test your knowledge of the War of 1812 by taking one of our quizzes. Finally for the armchair general we provide unique animated battle maps that give you a quick understanding of a particular clash of arms during the war.

Languages: English

Lexile: 1360

Subjects: United States--War of 1812

Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12



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Cast Your Vote - 1812

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In May 1812, America is on the brink of war. James Madison explains the issues and invites you to participate in the debate over whether the U.S. should go to war with Great Britain. Listen to the different perspectives of eight Americans as they talk about the possibility of going to war. Click on the button below the images of the Americans to further examine the issues. You can cast your vote and then look at the voting results.

Languages: English

Lexile: 740

Subjects: United States--War of 1812, Madison, James

Grade Level: 3-5, 6-8



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Running Time:    1 hr 53 min 18 sec (12 chapters)
Grades:    7 to Adult

This program explores the events of the War of 1812 from several perspectives: American, Canadian, British and Native American. Viewers will discover the reasons why Americans fought against the British, Canadian colonists and native nations for over two years, and learn how this conflict threatened the existence of Canada and deeply divided the American nation. With dramatic re-enactments and interviews with historians, authors and experts, the program looks at the War of 1812's legendary heroes and battles, as well as some of its most prominent blunders and cowards.    


Running time: 12:42

Grades: 6-12

Crash Course offers quick-paced, imaginative videos aimed at learners of all ages. In this one, John Green teaches you about the War of 1812. The War of 1812 was fought between the United States and its former colonial overlord England. John will take you through the causes of the war, tell you a little bit about the fighting itself, and get into just why the US Army couldn't manage to make any progress invading Canada. The upshot: no territory changed hands, and most of the other bones of contention were solved prior to the actual war. Although nothing much changed for the US and England, the Native Americans were the big losers. Tecumseh was killed, and the Indian tribes lost a lot of territory. Watch as John lays it all out for you.

Navy's Advanced Technology and Design during the War of 1812

Published on Mar 28, 2012

This Defense Media Activity special edition features a story on how advances in technology and design contributed to the growth and success of the U.S. Navy