Commencement Level Lessons | Fog of War

Commencement

NotebookandPen45.png One class period

Program Segments
Spring 1813 The British Invade (7 minutes)  

NCSS Themes

V: Individuals, Groups, and Institutions
VII: Science, Technology, and Society  

Canadian (Ontario) Concepts
Interactions and Interdependence

Canadian (Ontario) Specific Expectations – Seventh Grade

  • Describe the major causes and personalities of the War of 1812
  • Describe the impact of the War of 1812 on the development of Canada
  • Describe the different groups of people

Objectives
  Students will be able to:

  • identify the technologies used during the War of 1812
  • explain the reasons that different groups fought in the War of 1812
  • explain what it was like to be a soldiwe during the War of 1812

Focus Questions

  • What does the phrase “Fog of War” mean?
  • What contributes to the “Fog of War”?    
  • How can technology reduce confusion during a time of war?       

Key Concepts
Fog of War, Technology                  

Instructional Resources

Procedures

  1. The teacher will ask discuss the phrase "Fog of War" and explain why it was used during the War of 1812 (see War of 1812 RAFT Assignment--Background information.
  2. The teacher will show the segment from The War of 1812 and lead a discussion that answers the question, "What was it like to be a soldier/warrior during the War of 1812?"  The teacher will help the students to identify the different groups that participated in the war, the types of technology used during the time, and reasons that different people may have participated.  The discussion should focus on what it was like for those who fought.  For example, a young Shawnee male might have witnessed his family being attacked by soldiers led by William Henry Harrison and decided to join the British in the fight against the Americans.  He would use a war club during battles and may have joined Tecumseh and Brock during the Battle of Queenston.  Any ideas that the students have should be recorded on a smartboard or overhead projector for the entire class to refer to.
  3. The teacher will distribute the War of 1812 RAFT Assignment and Rubric and discuss the assignment with the students.
Program Segment for Lesson Plan. 7 minutes.

RAFT Rubric                      

 

Level 5

Level 4

Level 3

Level 2

Level 1

Historical Content

Accurate Historical detail is used throughout the entire assignment

Accurate historical detail is used throughout some of the assignment

Some accurate historical detail is used throughout some of the assignment

Little accurate historical detail is used throughout the assignment

No historical detail is used throughout the assignment

Role and Audience Choice

(The reader believes you were actually there)

The role and audience are easily identified by the reader and appropriate for the time period

The role and audience are identified by the reader and may be appropriate for the time period

The role and audience were not easily identified by the reader and are may be appropriate for the time period

The role and audience were not easily identified by the reader and are not appropriate for the time period

The role and audience were not  identified by the reader and are not appropriate for the time period

Creativity

Assignment displays a great deal of originality, creativity, and thoughtfulness and incorporates the theme “Fog of War”

Assignment displays originality, creativity, and thoughtfulness and incorporates the theme “Fog of War”

Assignment displays some originality, creativity, and thoughtfulness and may incorporate the theme “Fog of War”

Assignment displays little originality, creativity, and thoughtfulness and does not incorporate the theme “Fog of War”

Assignment displays no originality, creativity, and thoughtfulness and does not incorporate the theme “Fog of War”

Presentation

Assignment is neat, and easy to read, with illustrations, graphics, or an additional medium used to enhance the presentation other than the written word

Assignment is neat, and easy to read, with illustrations, graphics, or an additional medium used that may enhance the presentation other than the written word

Assignment is somewhat neat with illustrations, graphics, or an additional medium used that does not enhance the presentation

Assignment is not neat with some illustrations, graphics, or an additional medium used that does not enhance the presentation

Assignment is not neat, and easy to read, with no illustrations, graphics, or an additional medium used

Conventions

Capitalization, punctuation, and spelling are correct

No more than two errors in spelling, capitalization, and/or punctuation

No more than three errors in spelling, capitalization, and/or punctuation

No more than five errors in spelling, capitalization, and/or punctuation

Multiple errors in spelling, capitalization, and/or punctuation



























Assessment Tasks

The students will create an original piece of writing, using factual details, that explains what it was like to be a soldier/warrior during the War of 1812.

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