Tuesday, November 8, 2011

PBS' War of 1812

I just received an e-mail from PBS telling me that their entire new movie, "The War of 1812," is now online.  Additionally there are lesson plans here.  Have at it! 


Buzz Lightyear said...

Thank you so much for sharing this information about PBS' 'War of 1812' being online now. I will definitely check it out.

I am not a U.S. History teacher, but I have an 8-year-old daughter who to some extent shares my passion for U.S. history. I don't know how many U.S. History teachers have explored the following concept, but I couple my passion with U.S. History with an avid interest in collecting U.S. coins. I think that contemporaneous-dated coins paired with a U.S. history event of the same date would make a really neat teaching concept, and could be accomplished in the classroom very cheaply, at least for the late 1800's on up to present times. In my blog "Black Swamp Cornucopia", I have focused on doing this in a family-friendly way by presenting high-resolution photos of pre-1850 U.S. coins paired with a historical event of the same date as the featured coin. For instance, a 1794 large cent is paired with a brief article about the Battle of Fallen Timbers near Maumee, Ohio. I have also (for now) focused a fair amount on the years of the War of 1812, particularly in Northwest Ohio.

Here is the link if you wish to give it a try:


I think such a strategy could easily be implemented and even allow students to take home a coin, e.g. a steel Lincoln "wheat" cent from 1943, due to the extremely low cost of acquiring these small historical artifacts that literally let a child hold history in their hand.

Jonathan Macauley Nielson said...

An invitation to all. You might enjoy my book "Wellington in America' modestly a great 'what if' alternate history that my students find engaging and thought-provoking. Intriguingly it could well have happened if the 'Duke' had said 'yes'...as he nearly did. This is counter-factual history in a fact-based narrative...best of both worlds?