Exploring the War of 1812 through Song

In this activity students will explore the War of 1812 by considering multiple perspectives. They will view three divergent music videos and create a music video of their own using the Canadian lyrics from a song entitled ‘The War of 1812’.
  • Have students compare the song ‘The Battle of New Orleans’ (recorded by Johnny Horton), which details the 1815 Battle of New Orleans from the perspective of an American fighting against British forces in the War of 1812. Contrast the lyrics as well as the tone to the ‘War of 1812 Song’ .