Star Spangled Banner


Oh say can you see by the dawn’s early light
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming
Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight
O’er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly gleaming?
And the rockets’ red glare, their bombs bursting in air
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
Oh say, does that star spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and home of the brave?

Do you know the story of the Star Spangled Banner? Are you also aware of what has happened to the original flag that flew over Fort McHenry? Interesting stuff. Check out these websites. I tell the students both of these stories in 5th grade. I think it’s important they learn how to sing the national anthem. Then I have discussions with them about why they think it is important to learn the national anthem.

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