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Unit #5: Madison's and Monroe's Administration - Causes of the War of 1812
Learning Target: I can EVALUATE President Madison's decision to ask Congress for a Declaration of War against England in 1812. 

Please complete the steps below to prepare for this assignment:

Follow the directions below:
 
1.  Add today's learning target to your Livebinder
 
2.  Next, create a new tab in your LiveBinder titled "Causes of the War of 1812" for today's assignment. 

3.  Now click on "content" > "text" > "text-media" to set up your page. 


Red Activity:

Assignments to Complete:

Part I: Impressment

1.  Place the following title in your LiveBinder text box: "Part I: Impressment."

2.  Conduct an Internet search to find the definitions of the following terms: "economic warfare," "embargo," "impressment," and "Macon Bill No. 2."  Place the terms and definition in your LiveBinder
     text box. 

3.  Explore the information in box 7 of the materials to learn more about the major cause of the War of 1812 known as "impressment."

    


4.  Next, read the following passage explaining how American sailors were impressed by the Britisih Royal Navy prior to the War of 1812.


5.  Now using the information you learned about in the materials answer the questions below:

     A.  How did the conflict between England and France effect American trade with Europe?

     B.  Explain how American sailors were often "impressed" by the British Navy before the War of 1812.

     C.  Explain why the British Navy felt that the "impressment" of American sailors was legal.
 

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Part II: Other Causes Of the War of 1812

1.  Place the following title in your LiveBinder text box: "Part II: Other Causes of the War of 1812"

2.  Conduct an Internet search to find the definitions of the following terms: "nationalism" and "War Hawks"  Place the terms and definition in your LiveBinder text box. 

3.  Next, explore the materials about the Causes of the War of 1812 in boxes 2-12 and in the reading about Impressment. 

    

4.  Make a list of at least 10 facts your learned about the Causes of the War of 1812 in your LiveBinder text box.

5.  Members of Congress who wanted war with England in 1812 were known as the "War Hawks."  Why do you think a bird like a "hawk" is used as an expression for someone who is in favor of war?  Place your
     answer in your LiveBinder text box.

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Part III: Analyzing Primary Sources

1.  Place the following title in your LiveBinder text box: "Part III: Analyzing Primary Sources"

2.  Look at the "Impressment Poster" in box 9 of the materials.  You may also click on the thumbnail image below.  Imagine that you are walking down the street and you see this poster.  The poster includes a
     song about American sailors being impressed by the British Royal Navy.  

    

3.  Write a brief statement of 30 words or less explaining how seeing this poster might make the average American feel about the British impressment of American sailors before the War of 1812. 


4.   Now that you have learned about British Impressment of American sailors and other causes of the War of 1812, evaluate or judge President Madison's decision to ask Congress for a declaration of war against
      England in 1812.  In other words, do you think the issue of "impressment" was important enough for American to pick a fight with one of the worlds most powerful nation?  Explain your opinion in the form of a
      well written paragraph (7-9 sentences).  Be sure to use all of the facts you learned while completing this assignment.  

5.  Conduct an Internet search to find an image of an impressed American sailor.  Upload the image to your LiveBinder media box. 

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* If you have some additional time, check out this amazing PowerPoint Presentation about the Causes of the War of 1812!

White Activity:


Part 1: Impressment

1.  Place the following title in your LiveBinder text box: "Part I: Impressment."

2.  Conduct an Internet search to find the definitions of the following terms: "embargo," "economic warfare", "Macon Bill #2,"  and "impressment,"  Place the terms and definition in your LiveBinder
     text box. 

3.  Explore the information in box 7 of the materials to learn more about the major cause of the War of 1812 known as "impressment."

    


3.  Next, read the following passage explaining how American sailors were impressed by the British Royal Navy prior to the War of 1812.  Remember if you would like the text read to you use the text to speech
     feature on your computer. 

4.  Now using the information you learned about impressment in the materials and in the passage , answer the questions below.  You may also enjoy the following resources:

     Impressment: War of 1812 PBS Site  |  Impressment: Mariner's Museum Site Impressment: National Archieves Site
    
    A.  What was happening to American ships and sailors as a result of England and France being at war? 

    B.  Why did the British continue to impress American sailors during the Napoleonic Wars?

    C.  For what reason(s) did the British think impressment was acceptable to do to American sailors?

    D.  Write a well written paragraph (5-7 sentences) predicting what President Madison might do if American sailors continue to be impressed by the British Royal Navy. 


 
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Part 2: Other Causes of the War of 1812


1.  Place the following title in your LiveBinder text box: "Part II: Other Causes of the War of 1812"

2.  Conduct an Internet search to find the definitions of the following terms: "nationalism" and "War Hawks"  Place the terms and definition in your LiveBinder text box. 

3.  Answer the following question in your Livebinder:

    A.  How were the War Hawks responsible for the start of the War of 1812?  Could something like this happen today? 
         
Use the War Hawks: NPS site to help you.

    B.  How did Nationalism contribute to causing the War of 1812?
         Use the Reference site to help you.

    C.  How did England policy of arming the Indians on the American frontier contribute to causing the War of 1812?
        
Use the Courting Victory site to help you.

    D.  How did slow communication cause the War of 1812?  How could this war have been avoided today? 
         
Use the War of 1812 Chronicles site to help you.  If the site is blocked, read the text from the site below:
"The War of 1812 could be called the "war of poor communication." Two days before the declaration of war, Great Britain agreed to repeal the naval laws which were chiefly responsible for the conflict. Speedy communication would have also eliminated the greatest battle, the Battle of New Orleans that occurred 15 days after a peace treaty had been signed.


4.  Next, explore the materials about the Causes of the War of 1812 in boxes 2-12.  You should also read the following passage about the War Hawks in Congress.  Remember your text to speech feature can
     assist you if you would like the text read to you. 
 
   

5.  Make a list of at least 3 facts your learned about the Causes of the War of 1812 in your LiveBinder text box.


6.  Carefully check your answers and submit your work using the button below.

      Turn in Causes of the War of 1812  here!

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Part III: Picturing the Causes Of the War of 1812

1.  Place the following title in your LiveBinder text box: "Part II: Picturing the Causes of the War of 1812"

2.  Now open your PowerPoint application on your MacBook.  Search for each of the Causes of the War of 1812 below.  Place an image of each in your PowerPoint slide.  You will also want to add captions.  Save
     your PowerPoint slide as "Causes of the War of 1812 Images." 

     Battle of Tippecanoe and English support for Native Americans 

     Macon's Bill #2
 
     Impressment of American Sailors by the British Royal Navy

     War Hawks in Congress in 1812 (John C Calhoun and Henry Clay)


3. When you are done, upload your PowerPoint file to your LiveBinder media box. 

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* If you have some additional time, check out this amazing PowerPoint Presentation about the Causes of the War of 1812!
    

Blue Activity:

Assignments to Complete:

Part I: Impressment

1.  Place the following title in your LiveBinder text box: "Part I: Impressment."

2.  Conduct an Internet search to find the definitions of the following term: impressment,"  Place the term and definition in your LiveBinder
     text box. 

3.  Explore the information in box 7 of the materials to learn more about the major cause of the War of 1812 known as "impressment."

    


3.  Next, read the following passage explaining how American sailors were impressed by the British Royal Navy prior to the War of 1812.  Remember if you would like the text read to you use the text to speech
     feature on your computer. 

4.  Now using the information you learned about impressment in the materials and in the passage , answer the questions below:
    
    *  What was happening to American ships and sailors as a result of England and France being at war? 


 
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Part II: Other Causes of the War of 1812


1.  Place the following title in your LiveBinder text box: "Part II: Other Causes of the War of 1812"

2.  Next, explore the materials about the Causes of the War of 1812 in boxes 2-12.  You should also read the following passage about the War Hawks in Congress.  Remeber your text to speech feature can assist
     you if you would like the text read to you. 
 
   

3.  Make a list of at least 5 facts your learned about the Causes of the War of 1812 in your LiveBinder text box.

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Part III: Picturing the Causes Of the War of 1812

1.  Place the following title in your LiveBinder text box: "Part II: Picturing the Causes of the War of 1812"

2.  Now open your PowerPoint application on your MacBook.  Search for each of the Causes of the War of 1812 below.  Place an image of each in your PowerPoint slide.  You will also want to add captions.  Save
     your PowerPoint slide as "Causes of the War of 1812 Images." 

     Battle of Tippecanoe and English support for Native Americans 
 
     Impressment of American Sailors by the British Royal Navy

     War Hawks in Congress in 1812 (John C Calhoun and Henry Clay)


3. When you are done, upload your PowerPoint file to your LiveBinder media box. 

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* If you have some additional time, check out this amazing PowerPoint Presentation about the Causes of the War of 1812!


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