Q3W1: January 26-29

TeacherAndrew Wilson
Subject AreaUS History
Grade Level8
Week #22
Unit of InstructionEarly Republic
Standard(s) Taught

SS.8.A.4.1 Examine the causes, course, and consequences of United States westward
expansion and its growing diplomatic assertiveness (War of 1812, Convention of
1818, Adams-Onis Treaty, Missouri Compromise, Monroe Doctrine).

SS.8.A.4.3 Examine the experiences and perspectives of significant individuals and groups
during this period of American History.


Learning Targets and Learning Criteria

Essential Questions: Why does conflict develop?


  • I can identify and assess the reasons the US declared war on Britain in 1812.
  • Evaluate the effects of the war of 1812.
  • Use primary and secondary sources in an informative paragraph.
Classroom Activities

Day 1 (just 6-8):

Resume – Explorer Job Wanted!


Wk 5 (Use slides 1-11)

Day 2:

Finish War Hawk Support from last week:

  • You are in charge of building support for the war in your area. Choose what you think will be most effective in convincing people to support it. Create a speech, poster, song, poem, or other form of presentation in order to get people to vote for declaring war.
  • Include:
  • At least 3 reasons to declare war (6 pts)
  • Appeal to people’s nationalism (4 pts)

Day 3:

Causes of the War of 1812 Simulation

https://www.nps.gov/fomc/castyourvote/explore.cfm –

Use these sources to complete this sheet – 1812 Perspectives

  • Write the reasoning for each person for going to/avoiding war
  • Categorize each person/reason by
    • I = Ideological (about rights/freedoms/ideas)
    • N = Nationalistic (Honor/Reputation)
    • E = Economic (Money/Wealth)

In Class Discussion

Causes of the War of 1812 Paragraph:

Congress only declared war with about 60% in support.

  • Prompt: Why were Americans so split about declaring war?
  • Include in a 6-8 sentence paragraph:
  • Thesis answering the question (2pts)
  • The arguments presented by the anti-war movement. Cite at least 2 sources in your response (3pts)
  • The arguments presented by the pro-war movement Cite at least 2 sources in your response (3pts)
  • Identify the ONE motive/argument that played the greatest role in the declaration of war (2pts)
Assignments Due

Causes of the War of 1812 Paragraph

Additional Resources