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Smithsonian Interactive: The Star-Spangled Banner: The Flag That Inspired the National Anthem

Collect the Stars is a great interactive to study the War of 1812 and the history of the our National Anthem, the Star–Spangled Banner. Teachers can view some ideas on how to use the resource with the Teacher Guide.  

Students will read the information on each section and answer the questions. If computers were limited a teacher could create a worksheet for the students to complete in class. It is important that the students look at the images and read the captions to gain the best understanding of the history of the events and people surrounding the Star-Spangled Banner. 

There are 14 questions that must be answered. Students will need to read the information and in some cases look at the images and artifacts to acquire the knowledge to answer the questions correctly. 

A teacher could also create a power point presentation of the images to share with the class. A teacher can choose the images that are most appropriate for his / her class. 

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