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Coinciding with the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812, this program helps students discover the impact of the War of 1812 in Washington, D.C. with a special focus on the White House and Dolley Madison's famed flight. The program also makes connections to naval war hero Stephen Decatur, who built Decatur House after the war. Each student will step back in time and research and play the role of an historic figure in Washington, D.C. during the War of 1812 as part of a costumed reenactment. In conclusion to the program, each class receives a DVD of their filmed production.

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This program is:

  • Standards-based
  • Free of charge
  • For Grades 3-6
  • A 2.5-3 hour experience
  • Includes a free lunch for Title One Schools (upon request)

Within the real historic spaces of Decatur House, students engage in critical thinking to answer these questions:

  • How did the War of 1812 impact life in Washington, D.C.?
  • Why did Federalists and Democratic-Republicans disagree on declaring war?
  • Why did Stephen Decatur build his home in the President's Neighborhood?

Common Core State Standards Correlations

Grade 3

Reading/Informational Text

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.3.3: Describe the relationship between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text, using language that pertains to time, sequence, and cause/effect.
  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.3.4: Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 3 topic or subject area.
  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.3.6: Distinguish their own point of view from that of the author of a text.
  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.3.7: Use information gained from illustrations (e.g., maps, photographs) and the words in a text to demonstrate understanding of the text (e.g., where, when, why, and how key events occur).

Grade 4

Reading/Informational Text

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.4.1: Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.4.4: Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words or phrases in a text relevant to a grade 4 topic or subject area.

Speaking and Listening

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.4.1: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 4 topics and texts, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.
  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.4.2: Paraphrase portions of a text read aloud or information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.

Grade 5

Reading Informational Text

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.5.3: Explain the relationships or interactions between two or more individuals, events, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text based on specific information in the text.
  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.5.4: Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 5 topic or subject area.

Speaking and Listening

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.5.1: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 5 topics and texts, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.
  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.5.2: Summarize a written text read aloud or information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.

Grade 6

Speaking and Listening

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.6.1: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 6 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.
  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.6.2: Interpret information presented in diverse media and formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) and explain how it contributes to a topic, text, or issue under study.

History/Social Studies

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.1: Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources.
  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.4: Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.
  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.7: Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.

Additional Information

More detailed information on standards correlations for teachers in DC, MD, and VA is available once a program is requested; or you may request a detailed standards document by emailing: OUTREACH, subject line "Standards Request."