This close read of "The Star-Spangled Banner" includes a detailed description of how to use this beloved national anthem to read closely and determine what the text says explicitly. Second grade students will have multiple opportunities to read, discuss, question, write, and think critically about this text. Every question and prompt was crafted with the Common Core Reading Literature standards in mind and specifically addresses these standards: RL.2.1, RL.2.2, RL.2.4, RL.2.5, RL.2.6, RL.2.7, and RL.2.10. The questions require students to dig back into the text to support their thinking, and there are plenty of opportunities to discuss the text and write about the text. Also included are a list of helpful websites, maps and pictures, question cards, text-dependent questions, exit slips, graphic organizers, multiple copies of the lyrics, background information on Francis Scott Key, printables, vocabulary resources, a word collector, and a list of popular children's books on this topic. You will have more than enough resources to teach children how to read this piece of important text with a critical eye and think deeply about this text.