Host a American Patriotism Day in your A.P. United States History or secondary U.S. History course to bring alive the surge of nationalism following the War of 1812. This mini-presentation approach turns the lesson over to the students as they jigsaw seven key topics based around the theme of the development of an American national identity.
This topic is addressed under the AP Redesign curriculum. Although it has not had much focus on recent A.P. Exams, it is an essential Period 4 topic embedded in Topics 4.4 and 4.9 of the AP redesign curriculum. It can be a black hole of a topic with lots of content if trying to cover with lecture, slides, and textbook readings. I have found this approach fun, efficient, interactive, and effective for introducing the key topics, while promoting opportunities to dive deeper following the mini-project presentations.
1. American War Heroes - William Henry Harrison (Battle of Tippecanoe)
2. American War Heroes - Andrew Jackson - Battle of New Orleans
3. Era of Good Feelings - Presidency of James Monroe
4. American Cultural Nationalism (Art and Literature)
5. Foreign Policy Nationalism (Monroe Doctrine)
6. Economic Nationalism (Henry Clay's American System)
7. Judicial Nationalism (John Marshall Court)
-Mini-Presentation Prompts/Directions - Shareable Google Doc with 7 topics provided (all aligned to the AP curriculum) with a research link embedded to guide students towards valuable articles and explanation videos.
*For presentations, student-created Google Slides typically work best but you may opt to have your students use other formats such as a mini video or podcast.
-Student Note Guide - Shareable Google Doc to share with each student to complete notes during the presentations and expand upon further with any extension activity, video, or assigned text
-PowerPoint - Contains directions to explain to students, patriotic music to hype them up, and screen shots of mini-presentation examples
Bonus - Teacher Script and Story of Ft. McHenry to do a class National Anthem!