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The War of 1812 Beyond the Broadcast

We hope you you watched The War of 1812 during the national premiere last night.  If you could not make last night's appointment viewing, never fear there are a host of other ways to still enjoy the multi-media project The War of 1812.

Watch The War of 1812 online.

Get the DVD.

Get the companion book (print or e-book).

Get the free mobile app.

Get the lesson plans:

Elementary Lesson Plans

Intermediate Lesson Plans

Commencement Level Lesson Plans

Watch The War of 1812 in 2012.  There will be a national rebroadcast of the film during 2012 to celebrate the Bicentennial.  We'll share news about that here.

Keep in touch. As of today, this e-newsletter will convert to a monthly communication, until the 2012 national rebroadcast of The War of 1812.

Pop Quiz!  How did the War of 1812 officially end? Watch this clip from The War of 1812 to find out.

The War of 1812: The Treaty of Ghent Vid

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Watch the Film

The War of 1812: Trailer

Watch The War of 1812 onlineThe entire two-hour film is now online at pbs.org/1812 .

Learn more about the War of 1812: Buy the book and DVDThe War of 1812 App ActiveA Bi-National Bicentennial

The Illinois War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission was founded to create a series of events simulating those historical events that took place in the Illinois Territory during the War of 1812 era.  They will work with and assist, as needed, any organization planning events elsewhere in the United States and Canada that relate to the story of the War of 1812.

For five years, from 1811 through 1815, the Illinois territory was on the border of a conflict between Great Britain, allied with the Native American Nations of the area and a fledgling democracy, the United States of America.

The Illinois War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission is currently seeking volunteers to set up a ranger headquarters company that would be available for events throughout the state during the bicentennial.

We will feature other Bicentennial plans here in future e-newsletters.

Featured Battle Site

Fort George National Historic 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 Upper Canada,” served here until his death at the Battle of Queenston Heights in October, 1812.

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)

Visit more sites on The War of 1812 website.

 

Educational News

The War of 1812: In the Classroom

Using The War of 1812 Lesson Plans in Your Classroom

When using the lesson plans for The War of 1812, for maximum effectiveness, we recommend the following steps:

1.   According to your curriculum, preview the relevant section(s) of The War of 1812 prior to showing it to your class.  You can view the entire film  online now at pbs.org/1812 .

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 students’ understanding.

5.   Assemble your materials, click on the program, and have fun teaching and learning!

See more educational content at The War of 1812 website.

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The War of 1812 is a production of WNED-TV, Buffalo/Toronto and Florentine Films/Hott Productions Inc., in association with WETA Washington, D.C.

National Endowment for the HumanitiesThe Wilson FoundationWarren and Barbara GoldringCorporation for Public BroadcastingThe Arthur Vining Davis FoundationsPhil LindThe Annenberg Foundation

With additional support from The Baird Foundation, Niagara Falls Bridge Commission and Jackman Foundation.

Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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