This PowerPoint begins with a list of reasons why the War of 1812 was fought. The author then takes you to three main events of the War of 1812 - the Battle of Lake Erie at Put-In-Bay featuring Commodore Perry and reenactors, the burning of Washington with Dolley Madison's role in saving White House artifacts such as the famous Gilbert Stuart portrait of George Washington, and the bombardment of Fort McHenry and Francis Scott Key's penning of the Star Spangled Banner. You will see the site of the Battle of Lake Erie and the Perry Victory and Peace Memorial which houses artifacts from the event. Period dressed American soldiers demonstrate weapons of the time. Also included are pictures of Dolley Madison, Washington's portrait, and a brief explanation of that event. Finally, the author takes you to Fort McHenry where you will tour the fort and learn the story of Francis Scott Key and the Star Spangled Banner. Don't miss the link on the next to the last slide which will take you to a performance of the National Anthem (the link is in very light print intentionally so as to be a surprise to the viewers). This presentation is easily adapted to a variety of grade levels.