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Please Stand for the National Anthem

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“O say can you see, by the dawn’s early light…” While many of us hear those words sung at the opening of a baseball or football game this time of year, how much time do we take to reflect on the era in which the words originated?

"The Star-Spangled Banner,” the national anthem of the United States, was written in 1814 by lawyer and amateur poet Francis Scott Key during the War of 1812. Introduce your class to the meaning and significance of Key’s lyrics (the song was originally a poem) today and during this turning point in American history.

In this lesson plan, students explore what Nationalism means as well as the symbolic features of a nation such as a national anthem and a flag. Students will also learn more about Key himself and create their own anthems that symbolize their school and the individuals and groups within it. They could even design a flag that represents their classroom! LAUNCH THE LESSSON PLAN: http://to.pbs.org/1q6K4ap

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