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Famous People of the War of 1812

Johnson, Robin (Author)
Crabtree 2012. 48 pages
First published: 2012
Series: Documenting the War of 1812
ISBN: 9780778779643 (paperback)
9780778779599 (hardcover)
9781427188281 (e-book)
9781427197313 (e-book)
Original language: English
Dewey: 973
Book type: Non-Fiction

Text Elements:

character, characterization, setting, structures and features

Reading Range

 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
1
2
3
1
2
ELA
K
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL Intensive & Enriched
5
6
1
2
3
4
5

Description:

The question, “Who won the War of 1812?” may never be answered, but there was no dearth of interesting, dynamic and powerful characters playing their roles on either side: individuals such as Thomas Jefferson, Sir Isaac Brock, Laura Secord and Tecumseh.

Clear language in this dense but concise book is suitable for advanced students. The players and their roles are divided among four thematic chapters, providing background and context for the individual portraits. Captions and sidebars offer additional access to the material. Snippets from correspondence, songs, famous quotes, and nicknames enliven historic events. “[Tecumseh] cried, ‘Sell a country! Why not sell the air, the clouds and the great sea, as well as the earth?’”

Much of the illustration comprises historic artwork and printed artifacts. One painting shows Native Chief William Weatherford surrendering to Major-General Andrew Jackson in the southern theatre of the war. A tattered photograph shows US First Lady Dolly Madison, who rescued White House national treasures from the British at great risk to herself.

Back material in this useful book includes a glossary, a chronology, recommendations for further research, a bibliography and an index.

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    Give a presentation as if you were one of the people featured in the book and explain his/her contribution to the War of 1812.

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    Write a newspaper article about one of the people featured in the book. Emphasize the person’s effect or contribution to the war effort. 

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    Genre study: use this text to explore key features of nonfiction texts.

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    Look at the table of contents and discuss what we learn in different parts of the book (e.g. chapters, glossary).

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    Make a class list of words about war, using the glossary as a source. Use prior knowledge, cognates (words that look similar in different languages) and resources to find the meaning of new words.

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    Introduce yourself to a partner as one of the famous people in the book.

  •  Who were the Loyalists? When they left the United States, where in Canada, particularly in Québec, can you see evidence of their relocation?
  •  Using the author’s recommended websites to obtain complementary information, write a short biography of one of the famous people from the War of 1812.
  •  Write a newspaper article about one of the featured individuals. Explain why that person is famous.
  • To communicate appropriately
  • To use creativity
  • To use information
  • Citizenship and Community Life
  • Drama
  • Geography, History and Citizenship
  • Social Sciences