The War of 1812: Fortress Prince Edward Island

In this lesson, student groups investigate different forts. From their research they will generate a description and a list of items that the students want to include in a fictional ‘Fortress PEI’.  Next, they will design a fort by creating a ‘blueprint’ of their group’s fort. They will choose a site and design a fort to be built on Prince Edward Island. The students will then compare and contrast their forts.
  • Forts During the War of 1812 and Web Links (attached)
  • Fortress PEI Footprint Assignment (attached)
  • Graph paper
  • Access to a computer lab, LCD Projector, white board and internet access

Websites:

Americans and British Face off in War 1812

http://www.history.com/topics/war-of-1812/videos#americans-and-british-face-off-in-war-of-1812

The Battle of Fort George

http://www.pc.gc.ca/media/index_e.asp?video=3

Canadian Atlas Online War of 1812 theme

http://www.canadiangeographic.ca/atlas/intro.aspx?lang=en

Parks Canada

http://www.pc.gc.ca/progs/np-pn/index_e.asp

The Canadian Encyclopedia   http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.com/index.cfm?PgNm=HomePage&Params=A1

Information about forts (designs and/or maps):

Index of Forts of the War of 1812

http://www.galafilm.com/1812/e/catalogues/fort_index.html

Defence of Canada 3D http://www.pc.gc.ca/dci/src/3d_e.asp?what=themes&sitename=&theme=dc&btn_state=HTML