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What Caused the War of 1812?

Isaacs, Sally (Author)
Crabtree 2011. 48 pages
First published: 2011
Series: Documenting the War of 1812
ISBN: 9780778779629 (hardcover)
9780778779674 (paperback)
9781427188311 (electronic pdf)
9781427197344 (electronic html)
Original language: English
Dewey: 973
Book type: Non-Fiction

Text Elements:

conflict, point of view, 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:

As part of a series on the War of 1812, this book addresses the range of factors that caused a fledgling United States to declare war on Great Britain and Upper and Lower Canada Trade restrictions, Native allies, War Hawks (and doves) are all outlined in five concise chapters.

Clear language is fairly dense reading, suitable for more advanced students. Maps and charts support an understanding of events and factors, while sidebars highlight anecdotes, dramatic moments and other items of interest. “Imagine being a sailor on an American ship in 1812. Without warning, British press gangs boarded the ships and forced British-born sailors… to serve in the British Royal Navy.”

Illustrations are mostly drawn from artwork and printed artifacts of the time. Political cartoons portray popular sentiments, portraits show major players, and sketches, paintings and drawings (and their captions) provide a fully realized background and setting for the material.

The book offers a glossary, chronology, recommendations for further research, bibliography and index.

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    Select a heading within a specific chapter and take notes on the content. Use Taba Boxes and write one fact per box.

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    Decide on and write about the five most important things to know about the War of 1812.

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    Create a poster about one aspect of the book. Illustrate the poster and include appropriate vocabulary (use the Glossary for definitions).

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

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    Prior to reading, browse through the table of contents and glossary. Identify facts, events, people and words that you are already familiar with.

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    Select five facts from a chapter and share these with the class. 

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    Make a poster about one aspect of the book. Illustrate the poster and include appropriate vocabulary. Use the glossary.

  •  Start a graphic organizer of facts, events and people related to the War of 1812.
  •  In your opinion, which one of the four nicknames for the War of 1812 is most appropriate? Jot down a few notes to assist you when discussing your answer with a partner.
  •  Compare political cartoons from around 1812 with those found in the media today. How have political cartoons evolved over time? Give examples that show how they are the same or different.
  • To communicate appropriately
  • To use creativity
  • To use information
  • Citizenship and Community Life
  • Media Literacy
  • Geography, History and Citizenship
  • Social Sciences