Strengths and Weaknesses of the Armies: British vs. American Forces

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War of 1812 - U.S. vs. British Forces

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Activity Overview


In order to better understand the outcome of the War of 1812 and the seemingly unexpected victory of the American forces, students should compare the strengths and weaknesses of both the British and American forces. Using a grid storyboard, students will be able to analyze their weaponry, motivations, and determine if the advantages of one side were disadvantages for the other. After completing this activity, students will understand what defined the young United States military and how they fared against Great Britain’s superior forces.


Extended Activity

Have students create a comparative grid for the American forces’ strengths and weaknesses in both the American Revolution and the War of 1812. This will help draw connections between both wars, and what America improved on, or did not improve on, in their developing military. Students could also compare other militaries of the time.


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Student Activity

Create a storyboard comparing the strengths and weaknesses of the British and American forces during the War of 1812.

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Label the title boxes with "Weaponry", "Motivation", "Advantages", and "Disadvantages".
  3. In the top row, write a description for each as it pertains to the American forces.
  4. Do the same in the bottom row for the British forces.
  5. Create illustrations using appropriate scenes, characters, and items.
  6. Save and submit your storyboard.
Grid Comparison with 4 Headings

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