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Independence Day is this Saturday! Reinforce the meaning, history and symbolism of the American flag and national anthem with your class using this educational resource from PBS LearningMedia.

The U.S. national anthem was adopted in 1931. During the War of 1812, after witnessing the successful American defense of Fort McHenry in Baltimore following British naval bombardment, Francis Scott Key wrote the lyrics to what would become “The Star Spangled Banner.”

When it comes to the American flag, students will recognize the 13 equal horizontal stripes of red alternating with white and the blue rectangle in the upper corner bearing 50 white stars. The stars represent the 50 states, but do they know what the 13 stripes represent? (Of course, the 13 original colonies!) LEARN MORE:http://to.pbs.org/1H2993v

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