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Fort George National Historic Site of Canada

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An explanation of the units in the Teachers package.

Unit 5 The War Ends Lesson plan - Examining Bias

This lesson incorporates the idea of examining bias by comparing first-hand accounts of the Battle of New Orleans by a British and an American (slave) soldier. As first hand accounts comprise much of what we know about the War of 1812, and most of those documents are filled with exaggeration and bias, it is interesting for students to examine what influences the stories we know as History, as well as to hear what soldiers (not generals or military historians) have to say about being in a battle. The materials for this section include a wrap up of the impact of the War of 1812 on the various groups sub-headed throughout and includes a vernacular account of the Treaty of Ghent, a brief time line, some original documents (outlining the Rush Bagot treaty- regarding commerce, shipping and naval powers on the Great Lakes circa 1817.) The unit concludes with the biography of Richard Pierpoint, the most famous Black Loyalist in the Niagara region.

Table of Contents for Teachers' Package - Paragraph headings

The War Ends (1815+)
Lesson Plan - Examining Bias
Overall Objectives Concepts and Skills Some possible ways of proceeding
- brainstorm and group work
Questions about 1815. *War of 1812 Final unit test *

* All questions, quizzes and charts have keys.

Materials on the Web page and on the C.D.Rom
Upper Canada Defended Natives Western Tribes Grand River Black Soldiers on the Niagara Frontier Niagara + Fort George
Map - Fort George circa 1819

1815 Time line

Ratification of the Treaty of Ghent

Naval Campaigns 1815

Original Documents
1. From His Majesty's Minister at Washington to the United States Secretary of State
2. From the United States Secretary of State to His Majesty's Minister at Washington

Richard Pierpoint