Featured Battle Site
Fort George National Historic Site Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada
During the War of 1812, Fort George
served as the headquarters for the Centre Division of the British Army. These
forces included British regulars, local militia, aboriginal warriors, and
Runchey’s corps of freed slaves. Major General Sir Isaac Brock, “the saviour of
served here until his death at the Battle of Queenston Heights in October,
Fort George was destroyed by American
artillery fire and captured during the Battle of Fort George in May 1813. The U.S. forces used the fort as a base to invade
the rest of Upper Canada,
however, they were repulsed at the Battles of Stoney Creek and Beaver Dams.
After a seven month occupation, the fort was retaken in December and remained
in British hands for the remainder of the war.
Did You Know? As the Americans retreated in December of 1813 they burned the town. In
retaliation, Fort George was used as the base for the night assault and
capture of Fort Niagara and the burning of the American side of the
river south to Buffalo. (Text/photo courtesy pc.gc.ca)
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Using The War of 1812 Lesson Plans in Your Classroom
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1. According to your curriculum, preview the relevant
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2. Skim through all of the lessons.
3. Decide which lesson(s) are the best fit with your
content and the grade level of your class. Be sure to take a look at the
“Instructional Resources” section for such specialized components as computers
with Internet access, project based software, or specific handouts.
4. Check out the “Lesson Resources” for many valuable print
and electronic supports that you can use to enhance both your own and your
5. Assemble your materials, click on the program, and have
fun teaching and learning!
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