The War of 1812: Shaping Canadian Identity

Students will assume the role of a member of a local historical society that has been asked to approve a list of important historical events for inclusion in an upcoming commemorative series of stamps/coins. Further research must be conducted in order to provide an informed opinion about whether the War of 1812 should be included in the list. Students must determine causes of the war, important people, key locations, impacts of the conflict and how the war has shaped Canadian identity in order to make their recommendation.
  • Canadian Geographic War of 1812 poster-map
  • Task cards (attached)
  • The War of 1812 Fact Finding Summary Chart (attached)
  • Computers with internet access

Websites:

War of 1812 interactive map & timeline

http://www.canadiangeographic.ca/war1812

Canadian Atlas Online War of 1812 theme

http://www.canadiangeographic.ca/atlas