The Star Spangled Banner... Teach your students the words with this FREE download from Light Bulbs and Laughter. Includes a color poster and a coloring page/cloze activity to fill in the blanks while you listen.

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This day in history - Sept. 13, 1814 - Francis Scott Key pens the poem originally titled "The Defense of Fort McHenry," which is later set to music and in 1931 becomes America's national anthem, "The Star-Spangled Banner." The poem was written after Key witnessed the Maryland fort being bombarded by the British during the War of 1812. #thisdayinhistory #starspangledbanner (Whitney Houston singing Star Spangled Banner)

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Francis Scott Key watching the bombardment of Fort McHenry by the Dawn’s early light of September 13, 1814. A lawyer, he was part of a delegation negotiating the release of American prisoners and was compelled to remain on board a Royal Navy warship. The night’s intense bombardment inspired his poem “The Star-Spangled Banner,” which became the words off the Unites States’ national anthem. (Print after Thomas Moran; Library of Congress. Caption: Osprey publishing.)

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