The purpose of this lesson is for
students to memorize at least the
first verse of “The Star-Spangled
Banner.” Students will be able to
explain the meaning of the verse.
The student will be able to explain
the meaning of the first verse of the
song, “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
“The Star-Spangled Banner” is a
song that serves to unify the nation
by providing a common anthem that
is used at public and private
gatherings of citizens.
Students are to gain an understanding of the elements that make up the verses of
“The Star-Spangled Banner.” Students will gain an understanding of how the song
can contribute to unity for citizens of the nation.
1. Have students comlete the KWL chart as a pre-test.
2. Have students listen to a recording of the first verse of the song as they read
3. Students discuss the verse line by line and develop an understanding of the
meaning. Use the KWL chart as a closure activity.
Explain to students that while “The Star-Spangled Banner” is a song about our
flag, as our national anthem it is also a song that reminds us about our country.
Discuss occasions and events that students might hear, or sing the national
Grade 2 - Amer Hist & Geog. Sec II:
The War of 1812. Fort McHenry,
Francis Scott Key, the Star-Spangled
Banner. Sec VIII: Symbols &
Figures, U. S. Flag.
★ KWL Chart
★ “The Star-Spangled Banner”
★ Copy materials for each student
or group of students.
★ The Star-Spangled Banner ★
K-W-L Chart What I Know What I Want to Know What I Learned
Complete the following on a separate sheet of paper.
neutrality, seize, invade, bombard, anthem, dawn,
twilight, perilous, rampart, gallant.
Why did the United States declare war on Great Britain in 1812?
What did the British do to Washington, D.C.?
Why was the battle at Baltimore important for the Americans?
What inspired Francis Scott Key to write “The Sta