Engage your students as trail stewards

As an educator, there are many ways to get your classroom involved with the Star-Spangled Banner Trail. Bring the fundamental history of the War of 1812 to life with your own projects or using our resources.

Resources for Educators

The Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail has worked in partnership with Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine and the Friends of Fort McHenry to provide lesson plans and classroom resources for teaching about the War of 1812.


Educational materials are also available in the War of 1812 Virtual Resource Center, an online portal for teachers and students. The resource center, hosted by Maryland Public Television’s Thinkport website for educators, includes a searchable database of traditional classroom materials as well as scanned and transcribed primary sources, music, video clips, images, and maps. The Resource Center also provides information about ways that students can experience the War of 1812 firsthand, either through a field trip or virtual experience. On the site, students can play educational games, use an interactive map and “build” their own museum exhibit using images and objects related to the war.

Sample Student Projects

In December 2018, students from Francis Scott Key Elementary/Middle in Locust Point came to Fort McHenry to film their self-written skits about the War of 1812 and the Battle of Baltimore.