Unit 25: The War of 1812

War of 1812 Montage

Unit 25 High School

Unit Overview

Subjects Covered
Grammar, Literature, Composition, History
Time Period
Reformation and Revolutions
Grade Level
High School: 9 – 12
English and American
Frankenstein – by Mary Shelley

James MadisonUnit Description

“The laurels of the War of 1812 were won on the sea, where in thirteen duels between ships of about equal strength the Americans won eleven. The Englishman admires the man who can beat him at his own game, and respect for American seamanship and for American pluck has been a tradition in England ever since. Still, the capture of a few British warships did not weaken the British navy. The two influences which led Great Britain to make a favorable peace were the courage of the militia, which made invasion a difficult task, and the courage of the privateers’ men, which devastated the British merchant marine. The United States was like a turtle which draws its feet and tail beneath a protecting shell, yet reaches out its hooked jaws to catch its adversary in the most vulnerable part…” – Albert Bushnell Hart

Leading Ideas and Biblical Principles

  • History is HIS Story – God’s story of love, mercy, and redemption through Christ.
    • He made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment—to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ. — Ephesians 1‍:‍9-10
  • God’s providential hand governs and times all events and provides for His Creation according to His plan and purposes.
    • The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands. And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else. From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us.- Acts 17: 24 – 27
  • Godly leadership and servanthood are necessary for one to be a true reforming influence.
    • Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave—just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many..- Matthew 20:26 – 28
  • God raises up and removes leaders.
    • He changes times and seasons; he deposes kings and raises up others. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning..- Daniel 2:21

Unit 25 Resources: High School

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Lesson 1: History

Lesson One Assignments:

  • Review the discussion questions then read the article: War with Great Britain, pages 6-11.
  • Narrate about today’s reading using the appropriate notebook page. Be sure to answer the discussion questions and include key people, events, and dates within the narration.
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Lesson One Discussion Questions:

  • Why was Jefferson glad to retire from the presidency?
  • Why did the British government refuse to ratify Erskine’s treaty?
  • Why did wars break out in India in 1811?
  • How was Detroit captured by the British?
  • Why did the Americans defeat the British in ship duels?
  • Why was Commodore Perry successful?
  • Why were the British able to capture Washington?
  • Why did all the American attacks on the Niagara frontier fail?
  • Why were the British beaten at New Orleans?
  • Why did Josiah Quincy oppose the admission of Louisiana?
Lesson 2: History

Lesson Two Assignments:

    • Pick one of the following topics and do additional research on the one of your choice. Be prepared to share your research.
        ▪ Defeat of the Guerriere
        ▪ Capture of the Java
        ▪ Capture of the Macedonian
        ▪ Story of the origin of Key’s Star-Spangled Banner
        ▪ Incidents of privateering in the War of 1812
      ▪ Attempts to make peace in 1812-1813
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Literature Assignments

    • Read the background information on Romanticism, Gothic Literature, and Epistolary Novels.
    • Read Letters 1 – 4 at the beginning of Frankenstein.
    • In your reading journal, discuss how the letters allude to “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.”
    • Read chapters 1 – 8 of Frankenstein.
    • In your reading journal, make a chart with four columns.
        ▪ Label the first three Romanticism, Gothic, and Epistolary.
      ▪ Make notes of the elements of each genre that are found in Frankenstein.