Students will use the Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine quarter to learn about Defenders' Day and the Battle of North Point.
Tell the students that the design on the back of the Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine quarter represents the fort during the “Defenders’ Day” celebration, considered the centerpiece annual event held at Fort McHenry and a state holiday in Maryland. The fireworks symbolize the “rockets’ red glare,” linking the fort to its historic past.
Display the September Coin of the Month page and read it together. Discuss as a class the Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine and key points about Defenders' Day and the Battle of North Point. Record the student responses on chart paper.
Have the students research the Battle of North Point involving both the land and sea components and record their responses on a graphic organizer. Discuss as a class and update the chart.
Invite the class to create projects to represent their findings in a wide variety of ways. Students can create a mural, illustrated timeline, diorama, news report or multimedia presentation.
As an extension, have the students research another aspect of the coin image, the fireworks and how they symbolize the “rockets’ red glare.”
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