War of 1812 Comprehensive Unit: Interactive Slides, Student Questions, & Primary Source



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Teach your American history students about the War of 1812 between the United States and Britain. It was an important war that brought in the Era of Good Feelings and introduced the U.S. to Andrew Jackson.

This a a great PowerPoint (or Google Slides) you can use to present to your class or give to them to study on their own. The design is professional and minimal (i.e. NO death by PowerPoint). The content is very detailed in the notes, so if you are busy, you can simply open the slides in front of the class and read the notes. Otherwise, you can make changes to the PPT, if you deem it necessary. This presentation can be used in Microsoft PowerPoint or Google Slides (if you want to use Google Slides, just click the link on the provided file).

Content in PPT includes:

  • Relations with Native Americans
  • Tecumseh’s Confederacy
  • Battle of Tippecanoe
  • Conflicts with Britain
  • Ending the Embargo Act
  • War of 1812
  • Burning of Washington D.C.
  • National Anthem – Francis Scott Key
  • Treaty of Ghent
  • Battle of New Orleans
  • Andrew Jackson
  • Hartford Convention and the end of the Federalists
  • American System
  • Monroe Doctrine
  • Era of Good Feelings
  • and more!

This presentation concentrates on the War of 1812. It starts describing the conflicts with the Native American’s and the Battle of Tippecanoe with Tecumseh’s Confederacy. It goes over some of the most important aspects of the War of 1812 (e.g. the three theaters of war, burning of Washington D.C., Francis Scott Key’s “The Star-Spangled Banner” written during the Battle of Baltimore, Battle of New Orleans, and Treaty of Ghent. It also talks about how the United States felt more united after the war because of the great victory in New Orleans. After the war, it shows how the Federalists will be gone shortly after the Hartford Convention. It then goes on to describe how Henry Clay tried to make the U.S. more economically strong with the American System. Then how James Monroe gave the U.S more power with his Monroe Doctrine. Lastly, it will lead into the Era of Good Feelings and ask students whether it really was an era of feeling good or not.

This PPT follows standard American history textbooks.

How to use this product:

  • Present the PowerPoint (or Google Slides) in the classroom
  • Present the Google Slides via Zoom (if distance learning)
  • Present and discuss – while presenting, get students involved and create discussion questions that get students thinking like a historian and comparing historical events to current events. Some discussion questions are included in some of the slides.
  • Print presentation with notes and let students read the slides
  • Have students view the slides, and they present the material in groups

Additional information

Grade Level

8th, 9th, 10th

Resource Types

Full Units, Homeschool, PowerPoints, Google Slides


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