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The Causes of The War of 1812: Examining Mr. Madison’s War

from Maryland Historical Society (Timeline Studios)

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Grand speeches will be made and rap battles will be fought as participants explore the causes of the War of 1812! Using original historical evidence students will gain a deeper understanding of the political and economic grievances that led a young U.S. to declare war on Great Britain.

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About This Program


Point to Point: $125.00
By Request: $125.00


45-60 minutes

Target Audience

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

Minimum participants:


Maximum participants:


Primary Disciplines

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

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)
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Maryland Historical Society (Timeline Studios)

Baltimore, MD
United States

Timeline Studio 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.

Bethany Nagle

Program Details


1.The program begins with a review of what the students already know about the Revolutionary War and sets the scene.
2.The students will then view a “Revolutionary War Rap Battle” created by the Maryland Historical Society.
3.We will then analyze a political cartoon in order to understand the tensions between Great Britain and France.
4.We will discuss how the disagreement between France and Great Britain affected the United States.
5.Participants will analyze President James Madison’s letter of grievances sent to Congress to identify and discuss the economic and political grievances described in the letter.
7.Participants will break up into groups and write their own rap battles from the point of view of one of the three countries.
8.The participants will share their rap battles with the rest of the class and discuss why they included the details they did.
9.Time is allowed for questions and answers.


The participant will:
- explore the changing relationship between the young United States and Great Britain.
- analyze the political and economic grievances of the United States.
- engage in a discussion about how the British were impeding United States trade.
- develop a deeper understanding of the importance of free trade.
- compose and perform rap battles that portray a point of view.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

ELA-LITERACY -- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.4.RI.1 -- Reading: Informational Text
ELA-LITERACY -- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.4.RI.2 -- Reading: Informational Text
ELA-LITERACY -- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.4.RI.3 -- Reading: Informational Text
ELA-LITERACY -- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.4.RI.7 -- Reading: Informational Text
ELA-LITERACY -- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.4.RI.8 -- Reading: Informational Text
ELA-LITERACY -- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.4.RI.9 -- Reading: Informational Text
ELA-LITERACY -- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.4.SL.1 -- Speaking and Listening
ELA-LITERACY -- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.4.SL.3 -- Speaking and ListeningThis program can be adapted for various grade levels. Outlined below are the 4th grade benchmarks and standards met by this program.


Era 3: Revolution and the New Nation (1754-1820s)
-- Standard 2: The impact of the American Revolution on politics, economy, and society.

RI.4.1 Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
RI.4.2 Determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported by key details; summarize the text.
RI.4.3 Explain events, procedures, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text, including what happened and why, based on specific information in the text.
RI.4.7 Interpret information presented visually, orally, or quantitatively (e.g., in charts, graphs, diagrams, time lines, animations, or interactive elements on Web pages) and explain how the information contributes to an understanding of the text in which it appears.
RI.4.8 Explain how an author uses reasons and evidence to support particular points in a text.
RI.4.9 Integrate information from two texts on the same topic in order to write or speak about the subject knowledgeably.
CCR.S&L.4.1 Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher led) with diverse partners on grade 4 topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.
CCR.S&L.4.3 Identify the reasons and evidence a speaker provides to support particular points.

D2.Eco.1.3-5. Compare the benefits and costs of individual choices.
D2.Eco.2.3-5. Identify positive and negative incentives that influence the decisions people make.D2.Eco.14.3-5. Explain how trade leads to increasing economic interdependence among nations.
D2.Eco.15.3-5. Explain the effects of increasing economic interdependence on different groups within participating nations.
D2.His.4.3-5. Explain why individuals and groups during the same historical period differed in their perspectives.
D2.His.5.3-5. Explain connections among historical contexts and people’s perspectives at the time.
D2.His.6.3-5. Describe how people’s perspectives shaped the historical sources they created.
D2.His.9.3-5. Summarize how different kinds of historical sources are used to explain events in the past.
D2.His.10.3-5. Compare information provided by different historical sources about the past.
D2.His.11.3-5. Infer the intended audience and purpose of a historical source from information within the source itself.
D2.His.14.3-5. Explain probable causes and effects of events and developments.
D2.His.16.3-5. Use evidence to develop a claim about the past.
D3.1.3-5. Gather relevant information from multiple sources while using the origin, structure, and context to guide the selection.
D3.3.3-5. Identify evidence that draws information from multiple sources in response to compelling questions.
D4.1.3-5. Construct arguments using claims and evidence from multiple sources.
D4.2.3-5. Construct explanations using reasoning, correct sequence, examples, and details with relevant information and data.
D4.4.3-5. Critique arguments.

State Standards

4.B.2.a Give examples of how governments’ decision making affect economic growth and the ability to provide jobs and provide services
5.C.2.a Describe Maryland’s role in the War of 1812.