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These informal activities offer accessible ways to engage students in War of 1812 content.

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Make an Officer’s Hat

Make an 1812 officer’s hat out of paper and view an original hat that belonged to a USS Constitution midshipmen.

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Telling Time Aboard Ship

A ship’s bell played a crucial role for timekeeping on board a ship and was rung every half hour to mark the passage of time

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Reading Patriotic Symbols

Students discuss the symbols on a silver urn given to Captain Issac Hull from the citizens of Philadelphia in 1812.

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Creative Writing: Broadside Poem

View an 1812 poem/song set to the tune of “Yankee Doodle” that celebrates USS Constitution’s victory over HMS Guerriere. Students then write their own lyrics