Star Spangled Banner

Week 10: Story of Star Spangled Banner


READ K – 5: By the Dawn’s Early Light by Steven Kroll

6 – 8:  The Star-Spangled Banner by Deborah Kent



  • What type of work did Francis Scott Key do? (He was a lawyer)
  • Why did the British arrest Dr. Beanes, Key’s friend? (Dr. Beanes had 3 British stragglers from the British army thrown in jail for making trouble.)
  • Was Dr. Beanes unfair to British soldiers? (No, he had cared for many of the wounded British.)
  • Who was President during Dr. Beanes’ capture and the War of 1812? (Madison)
  • During the War of 1812 what happened to Washington D.C.? (Burned by British)
  • Who went with Key to ask for Dr. Beanes’ release? (Colonel Skinner)
  • Why is this song so important? (National Anthem)
  • What is the Star Spangled Banner? (our flag)
  • How many stripes were on the flag? (15) Why? (15 states)
  • When is this song often played? (sports events, Olympics)

Questions Grades 6 – 8:

  • Why were Key, Skinner and Beanes forced to stay on board the boat “Surprise” while the British fleet sailed up the Chesapeake? (the men had been on board long enough that they knew some of the British plans of attack.  The British didn’t want them to go home and sound the alarm to help American citizens.)
  • What fort did the British attack? (Fort McHenry)
  • What city was the fort located in? (Baltimore)
  • Describe Key’s view of the attack? (He was watching the attack from the boat.  Heavy bombing went on hour after hour; the noise was great and the sky was filled with smoke.  Key kept looking for the flag during the bombing because if it was still there, it meant the British hadn’t won.)
  • When did the battle finish? (at dawn)
  • What was Key’s poem originally called? (Defense of Fort Mc Henry)
  • What is the title of the song now? (Star-Spangled Banner)

ACTIVITIES: K – 4: Listen to the Star-Spangled Banner on You-Tube and try to learn the song:   then, using red, white, and blue construction paper, Create an American flag with 15 stripes and 15 stars.

5 – 8: First, listen to the Star-Spangled Banner on You-Tube and try to learn the song: .  Then, look up the words listed below in the dictionary and write a definition for each one.   Finally, copy the first stanza of the Star-Spangled Banner neatly on a sheet of paper.  You can find the words by clicking here:

  1. Dawn
  2. Twilight
  3. Perilous
  4. Ramparts
  5. Gallant

Copyright March 8th, 2014 by Gwen Fredette



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