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Activity Overview


The Treaty of Ghent was signed to end the War of 1812. The concessions it outlined and the effects it had on history are important for students to understand as they study the War of 1812 and the aftermath, as it had major implications for the future of Great Britain’s control over North America and Native claims.

Using a spider map, students will answer the 5 Ws and detail the major components, effects, and stipulations of the Treaty of Ghent. This will allow students to explain and reiterate the full effect of the war and understand how and why treaties are formed.

Students will answer the following questions:

  • WHO was Involved with the Treaty of Ghent?
  • WHERE did the Treaty of Ghent Happen?
  • WHEN did the Treaty of Ghent Happen?
  • WHAT did the Treaty of Ghent Say?
  • WHY was the Treaty of Ghent signed?

Extended Activity

Have students create a spider map on another major treaty or piece of legislation, and its implications, effects, and stipulations. Use the graph as a comparison to the Treaty of Ghent. Explain and analyze similarities and differences.

Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 9-12

Difficulty Level 2 (Reinforcing / Developing)

Type of Assignment Individual or Group

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/RI/11-12/1] Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain.
  • [ELA-Literacy/RI/11-12/8] Delineate and evaluate the reasoning in seminal U.S. texts, including the application of constitutional principles and use of legal reasoning (e.g., in U.S. Supreme Court majority opinions and dissents) and the premises, purposes, and arguments in works of public advocacy (e.g., The Federalist, presidential addresses).


Template and Class Instructions

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Student Instructions

Create a 5W analysis of the Treaty of Ghent: Who, What, When, Where, and Why.

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. In the title box for each cell, type Who, What, When, Where and Why.
  3. In the descriptions, answer the question.
  4. Create an image for each cell with appropriate scenes, characters, and items.
  5. Save and submit your storyboard.


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