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A Celebration of Two Centuries of a Song — 4PM Live Stream

Two hundred years ago today, the “dawn’s early light” broke over Fort McHenry and illuminated a flag symbolizing resilience and courage. Two hundred years later, the song written by Francis Scott Key in praise of the fort’s defenders still waves … Continue reading

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Star Spangled Music Day Photo Contest

Send pics of your Star Spangled Music Day celebration to or post them to our Facebook Page. Submit by September 22, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. for a chance to win copies of our Poets & Patriots commemorative CDs. Ten … Continue reading

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Proudly We Hail! MMB #Anthem200 Halftime Show

RED, WHITE & “GO BLUE!” (Click Here to View Video of the Show) U-M TO HOST ONE OF NATION’S BIGGEST CELEBRATIONS FOR NATIONAL ANTHEM’S 200th BIRTHDAY Michigan Marching Band to perform half-time extravaganza in celebration of “The Star Spangled Banner” … Continue reading

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Banner Moment #2—Oct. 3, 1787—First Documented Performance of the Melody

Banner Moments History Series (forward / back) While “The Anacreontic Song” was written in 1775 or ’76, The London Times (which believe it or not reported and reviewed Anacreontic Society meetings) did not start publishing until ten years later, so … Continue reading

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O Say Can You Sequence?

Grades 2-4 by Kathryn S. Gallagher PS13Q The Greatest Flag That Ever Flew details the creation of “The Star Spangled Banner” through the eyes of Caroline Pickersgill, daughter of flag maker Mary Pickersgill. Students will sequence this key event in American history, … Continue reading

Posted in Banner Moments, Battle of Baltimore, Elementary, F.S. Key, Fort McHenry, Fort McHenry, Grades 3-5, K-2, Language Arts, NEH, Places, Star Spangled Music Day, The Anthem, Uncategorized, War of 1812 | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Everyday is The Star-Spangled Banner Day!

 Everyday is “The Star-Spangled Banner” Day! Vocal Music Grades 4-6 by Kaii Lee Irvine Unified School District, CA Every teacher can use “The Star-Spangled Banner” as a teaching tool to teach music in elementary school classes. Goals and Objectives Read, … Continue reading

Posted in Banner Moments, Choral, Education, Elementary, Fort McHenry, Fort McHenry, Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8, Library of Congress, Melody, Music Choral, NEH, Smithsonian, Star Spangled Music Day, Thomas Hampson, Voice | Leave a comment

American Patriotism: The Symbols that Bind Us

*Star Spangled Banner PowerPoint * American Patriotic Symbols PowerPoint           American Patriotism: The Symbols that Bind Us U.S. History, Secondary Subject Grade Levels (8 and 11) by B. Anguiano, Laguna Creek High School There are several lesson components connected to … Continue reading

Posted in F.S. Key, Fort McHenry, Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12, High School, History, History, Library of Congress, Middle School, Smithsonian, Social Studies, War of 1812 | Leave a comment