Intermediate Level Lessons | Treaty of Ghent Simulation
Three class periods
Autumn 1814 Secession Threat in New England (9 minutes)
Winter 1814 New Orleans (7 minutes)
1815 Peace (4 minutes)
V: Individuals, Groups, and Institutions
VI: Power, Authority, and Governance
IX: Global Connections
Canadian (Ontario) Concepts
Interactions and Interdependence
Power and Governance
Canadian (Ontario) Specific Expectations – Seventh Grade
Describe the impact of the War of 1812 on the development of Canada
Students will be able to:
describe three different points of view of the groups that participated in the War of 1812
create a new treay to end the War of 1812
1. How does one determine when a war is won or lost?
2. What is the purpose of a treaty?
Treaty of Ghent, Impressments, Embargo, Neutrality
The War of 1812 DVD
Treaty of Ghent (http://www.ourdocuments.gov/doc.php?flash=old&doc=20-)
Graphic Organizer for List of Demands/Opening Statement with Dossier (75.9 KB)
Voting Worksheet (22.2 KB)
Program Segments for Lesson Plan
Now PlayingAutumn 1814 | Secession Threat in New England
Every student in this simulation will display respect toward all participants. This simulation will not be effective if this important guideline is not followed.
Each group will represent one nation at The Treaty of Ghent and must act in the best interest of that group. There will be three participants: America, Native Americans, and Britain.
Before the simulation begins, each group will be responsible for producing an opening statement that will express why their side deserves to have their demands met by the other participants.
Before the simulation begins, each group will be responsible for producing a list of demands that will be considered by the other two groups for consideration to be added to the treaty.
The simulation will begin with the opening statement of all three groups and a presentation of their list of demands. The other groups will listen and take notes during the presentations.
Once all groups have presented, the groups will be given time to confer and compare notes on the other groups’ demands. Each group will decide if they will vote to allow, consider, or deny each demand presented by the other groups (groups will not vote on their own demands). If a group chooses to deny a demand, a valid reason must be provided (to be determined by the facilitator/teacher).
The groups will be given the opportunity to persuade and negotiate with the other groups to change their vote to allow. If all demands were allowed, the treaty will be created and the simulation is over.
A second and final vote will be taken on the demands. The groups will only be allowed to vote allow or deny. All demands that were allowed will be compiled in to a final treaty that all participants will sign.
Related PBS Resources
Lee and Grant at Appomattox Courthouse
Research Union General Ulysses S. Grant's battle strategies and how they led to the end of the Civil War. Analyze the terms of surrender, as well as the events leading to Robert E. Lee's surrender, by investigating Grant's own memoirs of this time.
Wilson’s 14 Points
Examine Woodrow Wilson's Fourteen Points, discuss how Wilson's plan and the establishment of the League of Nations were intended to bring peace. Compare these with the Treaty of Versailles and the results of the demands for reparations from Germany.
Re-enact the Allies' conferences at Teheran and Yalta during World War II. Understand the diplomatic maneuvers of the represented nations as each attempted to gain concessions to achieve its national goals.
How Do You Talk to the Enemy?
Examine the situation in Afghanistan and explore the possibility of negotiating with the Taliban. View recent news reports, discuss possible conflict resolution techniques and develop and evaluate a plan for resolving the conflict.
Download a print-friendly version