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War of 1812 Literacy. What is the most popular song in America?. American Pie Sweet Home Alabama New York, New York Stairway to Heaven Hotel California Thriller Born in the USA. The Star Spangled Banner. What was the song referring to?. Who wrote it?. What was he looking at?.

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What is the most popular song in america
What is the most popular song in America?

  • American Pie

  • Sweet Home Alabama

  • New York, New York

  • Stairway to Heaven

  • Hotel California

  • Thriller

  • Born in the USA












The anacreontic song
The Anacreontic song

  • popular British drinking song, written by John Stafford Smith for the Anacreontic Society, a men's amateur musicians club in London in 1760. He was 17 years old.


The anacreontic society
The Anacreontic society

  • Professional men named their club after the Greek court poet Anacreon (6th century BC), whose poems, "anacreontics", were used to entertain patrons in Teos and Athens. His songs often celebrated women, wine, and entertaining, and today can be considered eroticism.


Let s look at the lyrics for historical references
Let’s look at the Lyrics for Historical references.

  • In your groups, search for references to ancient Greek Gods and list them on a sheet of paper.

  • Make a second list of new words you encountered for the first time.


The star spangled banner1
The Star Spangled Banner

  • During the rainy night, Key had witnessed the bombardment and observed that the fort’s smaller "storm flag" continued to fly.


Then what happened
Then what happened?

  • Key was inspired by the American victory and the sight of the large American flag flying triumphantly above the fort.

  • Aboard the ship the next day, Key wrote a poem on the back of a letter he had kept in his pocket.

  • September 14, 1814


Let s look at his lyrics
Let’s look at his lyrics

  • In your groups, write down a list of new words you encounter for the first time.

  • And make a list of any words associated with war.


1812 famous quotes
1812 Famous Quotes

  • Let’s practice writing in the old style of 1812.

  • Each student will choose one quote and write it out on the paper provided


1812 literature read aloud
1812 literature read-aloud

  • Newspaper Articles and Isaac Brock’s letter

  • Each student will read aloud one paragraph from 1812 correspondences that were written during the war.


Group activity literature circles
Group Activity-Literature Circles

  • Every one get together in one group and fulfill your assigned responsibilities.

  • This activity will be based on James Madison’s Declaration of War to Congress


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