Engage your students as trail stewards

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

Your participation as an educator can include professional development with the National Park Service and Living Classrooms, on-water experience for your students, classroom resources, and assistance in developing a community-based service learning project with your class. Contact us to learn more!

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

Check out the awesome projects local classes have worked on recently and get inspired!

Featured above: Students from Francis Scott Key Elementary/Middle in Locust Point filming their self-written skits about the War of 1812 and the Battle of Baltimore at Fort McHenry in December 2018.