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Unit Title

The War of 1812

Lesson Title

Prelude to War

Subject Area

Social Studies

Grade Level

Grade 8

GLCEs/HSCEs Social Studies

USHG ERA 4 EXPANSION AND REFORM (1792-1861)


8 U4.1.2 Establishing Americas Place in the World Explain the changes in Americas relationships
with other nations by analyzing treaties with American Indian nations, Jays Treaty (1795), French
Revolution, Pinckneys Treaty (1795), Louisiana Purchase, War of 1812, Transcontinental Treaty
(1819), and the Monroe Doctrine. (C4) (National Geography Standard 13, p. 169)
8 U4.1.3 Challenge of Political Conflict Explain how political parties emerged out of the competing
ideas, experiences, and fears of Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton (and their followers),
despite the worries the Founders had concerning the dangers of political division, by analyzing
disagreements over
relative power of the national government (e.g., Whiskey Rebellion, Alien and Sedition Acts) and of
the executive branch (e.g., during the Jacksonian era)
(C3) (National Geography Standard 13, p. 169)
foreign relations (e.g., French Revolution, relations with Great Britain) (C3)
(National Geography Standard 13, p. 169)
economic policy (e.g., the creation of a national bank, assumption of revolutionary debt) (C3, E2.2)

METS-S/NETS-T

Essential
Questions

1. How did conflict on Americas frontier lead to war with Great Britain?
2. What role did Native Americans play when it came to white settlers?
3. How did Tecumseh justify his actions to go to war with the Americans?

Objectives

Tools, Materials,
and Resources:

Video
Prezi

After completing this lesson, the student will be able to provide the reasons why Native
Americans attacked, fought, and destroyed American settlers and forts. Students will make
inferences from the text and listen to critically interpret and evaluate the maps provided in the
textbook. Students will also record his or her knowledge using a lecture guide and connect his
or her own experiences through a personal journal entry.
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Construction Paper
Colored Markers, pencils, and/or crayons
Textbook

Rationale

This lesson gives students the opportunity to examine the complexity of Native American history with
European settlers in early American history. It foreshadows the American future in conflicts as they
[White settlers] begin to settle out west. Students will be able to draw comparisons to British
involvement to modern day conflicts the United States faces today. (I.E. Supplying weapons and
supplies to defeat common enemy with or without active involvement.)
Sequence of Lesson: Beginning - Middle - End

Methods of
Instruction
Anticipatory Set

Cooperative Learning: Small groups of students work together to solve a problem or complete a
task.
Collaborative Learning: Students process information and derive knowledge through discussing
course-related issues and topics with each other.
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II.

Students will be asked to complete a name tag on construction paper


Students will complete an entry ticket/journal with the following question:

Imagine your home is suddenly taken from you. How would you react being forced from your
home, or sharing it with strangers of a different culture, speaking a different language, and/or
dressing differently? What would you do?
Beginning of
Lesson

I.

Students will receive a handout that they will fill out based on the Prezi Presentation.
*This worksheet can be used as a study guide
*See Attached Handout

Prezi Presentation: The Road to War Part I


Link: http://prezi.com/daok50ybj4jz/?utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=copy&rc=ex0share
II.

Native American Conflict with White Settlers


a. Settlers vs. Native Americans
b. Treaty of Greenville
c. Tecumseh/the Prophet
d. William Henry Harrison
e. Battle of Tippecanoe

Middle of Lesson

MAP ACTIVITY

Students will open their Textbook to page 280


o Land Lost by Indians: Refer to questions 1-3 with your group
On the Map, locate the lands of Native Americans? Where were they?
Look for the Ohio River. When did Indian nations west of the Ohio River
begin to lose their lands?
In what direction did many Native Americans move after they lost their lands?
Explain.
What do you think happened as a result of these land/territory disputes?
Conclusion of
Lesson

I.

Video: YouTube

Tecumsehs Curse
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kCGHwBf_b0Q
o Given time constraints, video can be stopped at 4 Minutes
II.

Ask the class for final thoughts and opinions to open discussion
How do you think Tecumseh affected other Native Americans for the
future?
Do you agree or disagree with his actions?
What would you have done differently?

Student Handouts

1.

The Road to War: Part I Handout

Product/ Sample

See Attached

Lesson
Assessment/
Rubric

1. Instructor will make rounds throughout the group activities for comprehension and
understanding.
2. Students will be graded on their lecture handout from the Prezi Presentation and participation
Lesson Differentiation: Below, Above

Differentiation

Students will be working with their group members throughout the lesson. Students who struggle with
reading and/or comprehension or excel will be able to consult with their table group members.