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What Makes a Good National Anthem? A Star-Spangled Question

by  Maryland Center for History and Culture

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The Star Spangled Banner, the U.S. National Anthem, was penned in Baltimore to celebrate a victory over the British during the War of 1812. An important symbol of a country, a national anthem is meant to help foster patriotism, unify the people, and represent a nation's values to the rest of the world. But how does a song do that? During this interactive lesson, students are asked to analyze the lyrics of the Star Spangled Banner and then compare and contrast our national anthem with the national anthems of other countries and other American patriotic songs.

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About This Program

Cost

Point to Point: $125.00
By Request: $125.00



Length

50-60 minutes


Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Minimum participants:

5

Maximum participants:

40


Primary Disciplines

Social Studies/History, Language Arts/English, Literacy, Reading, Gifted & Talented


Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)
Zoom


Booking Information

Programs are offered Tuesday through Friday.

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Maryland Center for History and Culture

Baltimore, MD
United States

The Maryland Center for History and Culture offers dynamic, interactive programs on topics in United States history for K-12, collegiate, and adult audiences. By exploring and discussing original historical evidence, including documents, images, artifacts, and audio and video clips, participants draw conclusions about important compelling questions about our nation's past.

Contact:
Tyler Osborne
tosborne@mdhistory.org
410-685-3750x378

Program Details

Format

1. Program begins with a discussion about the Star Spangled Banner and where we hear it today.
2. Students will listen to the National Anthems of other countries and discuss how these songs are similar and different from our National Anthem.
3. Students will then analyze the lyrics to the U.S. National Anthem and learn about the history behind the song.
4. As a class,students will discuss the purpose of a national anthem.
5. We will listen to other patriotic American songs and debate whether any of them might be a better national anthem than the Star Spangled Banner.

Objectives

The participants will:
-- gain a deeper understanding of the role of a National Anthem
-- develop critical thinking and literacy skills associated with primary source analysis
-- engage in a discussion about what qualifies a song to be a National Anthem

Standards Alignment

National Standards

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.5.RI.1 -- Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.5.RI.2 -- Determine two or more main ideas of a text and explain how they are supported by key details; summarize the text.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.5.RI.7 -- Draw on information from multiple print or digital sources, demonstrating the ability to locate an answer to a question quickly or to solve a problem efficiently.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.5.RI.9 -- Integrate information from several texts on the same topic in order to write or speak about the subject knowledgeably. This program can be adapted for various grade levels. Outlined below are the 5th grade benchmarks and standards met by this program.

UNITED STATES HISTORY CONTENT STANDARDS
Era 3 -- Revolution and the New Nation (1754-1820s)
-- Standard 3: The institutions and practices of government created during the Revolution and how they were revised between 1787 and 1815 to create the foundation of the American political system based on the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

C3 FRAMEWORK FOR SOCIAL STUDIES
D2.His.16.3-5 Use evidence to develop a claim about the past.
D2.His.6.3-5. Describe how people’s perspectives shaped the historical sources they created.
D4.4.3-5 Critique arguments.

Common Core Standards for Literacy
RI.5.1 Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawning inferences from the text.
RI.5.9 Integrate information from several texts on the same topic in order to write or speak about the subject knowledgeably.

State Standards

This program can be adapted for various grade levels. Outlined below are the 5th grade benchmarks and standards met by this program.

Maryland Content Standards:
5.c.2.a Describe Maryland's role in the War of 1812
6.A.4.a Identify and explain what is directly stated in the text
6.A.4.b Identify, paraphrase, or summarize the main idea of the text