Review pages 2, 16, and 31 of The Star-Spangled Banner Project Teachers Manual
Day One: Content
Below are several suggestions for activities to do in the classroom to help students understand the history surrounding the Star-Spangled Banner. Choose one or two lessons to do with your class.
Suggested Activities for Students Grades 4 and 5:
The Star-Spangled Banner Project Teachers Manual
Activity I: A History of The War of 1812 & the Star-Spangled Banner pgs 16-22
Activity III: Journal Writing and Reporting page 23
Fort McHenry Teachers Guide
Lesson 4: The Star Fort
Lesson 8: The Great Garrison Flag
National Flag Day Foundation Educational Resource Handbooks
Francis Scott Key and Fort McHenry -- pages 28-35
The Star-Spangled Banner Flag House Educational Resource Guide
Lesson plan: Mary Pickersgill and the Making of the Star-Spangled Banner
Day Two: What is a Storyboard?
Use the How to Write a Storyboard lesson plan that accompanies this packet to teach students about storyboards. You may want to have the whole class "storyboard" a short story on the blackboard as a group exercise. Discuss some of the key elements of a successful storyboard.
Homework Assignment:: Establish teams of three to four students. Each team should write an answer to the question, "What does the Star-Spangled Banner mean to me?". This should be turned in and reviewed by the teacher.
What does the Star-Spangled Banner Mean to Me?
Teams should take their revised statements
What does the Star-Spangled Banner Mean to Me? and turn them into storyboards.
- Storyboard illustrations should be very simple, they can even be sketches
- Storyboards should outline a 30 second public service announcement (PSA)
- Consider that each drawing in the storyboard will be on the screen for 4 to 5 seconds --
this will limit the number of drawings to 4 (see sample board)
- Think about camera angle as you make the sketches for your storyboard
- To create your storyboard sketches, put yourself in the position of the
camera what does the camera see?
- Storyboards can be drawn on paper, poster board or be computer generated
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National Flag Day Foundation Educational Resource Handbook
The Star-Spangled Banner Project K-8 Teachers Manual
National Museum of American History
Smithsonian Institution, The Star-Spangled Banner Project
Fort McHenry Teachers Guide
The Star-Spangled Banner Flag House Education Programs Resource Book
How to Write A Storyboard
Contest Registration Form:
Fourth, Fifth and Gifted and Talented/SE Teachers if you are interested in registering for the What Does the Star-Spangled Banner Mean to Me? 2003 Public Service Announcement Contest please complete the Contest Registration Form on the following page.
Senior Educator for the Smithsonian's Star-Spangled Banner Project at (202) 357-1734 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
The National Flag Day Foundation, Inc. (410) 836-9295 or email at email@example.com