Francis Scott Key was born on August 1, 1779. He was a popular American lawyer, an author & poet and later a US Attorney. However, he is most famous for writing the lyrics to our national anthem “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
Francis Scott Key penned the words to our country’s anthem during the War of 1812. After awaiting a British attack one long, anxious night, Key awakened to freedom and safety! And there before his eyes was our beautiful flag, flying in that early morning’s light.
Overcome with inspiration, Key began to pen the words to our nation’s national anthem on the back of a letter he found in his pocket.
Key’s poem was quickly added to music and became wildly popular. It was finally adopted as our nation’s anthem on March 3, 1931.
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Free Printables from Mama
Enjoy these free printables from Mama! In this packet, you’ll find:
- Francis Scott Key fill-in-the-blank
- “The Star-Spangled Banner” create-a-word
- Confused version of “The Star-Spangled Banner!” (choose the correct word)
- Francis Scott Key copywork
Other Francis Scott Key Resources
Key Pens Star Spangled Banner from History.com
A concise synopsis of the major events in Key’s life
A simplified version of Key’s writing of “The Star-Spangled Banner”
Heritage History’s version is perfect for younger students
A wonderfully detailed summary of events that led up to Francis Scott Key jotting down the words of “The Star-Spangled Banner”
He wrote the lyrics on the back of a letter!
National Park Service’s official site for Fort McHenry
The place where Francis Scott Key was inspired to write this patriotic piece
A copy of the first printed edition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” combining words & music
It’s one of only 10 known copies to exist.
Complete version of “The Star-Spangled Banner”
showing Key’s original spelling and punctuation via the Maryland Historical Society
Sheet music to “The Star-Spangled Banner”
This is a free download
Reading Comprehension worksheet on The American Flag
A short narrative with comprehension questions
Patriotic Pinterest Board
If you’re looking for general Patriotic Homeschool Resources, take a look at my Pinterest Board. Note that these resources are not Francis Scott Key specific.
Looking for Notebooking Pages that are US-themed? NotebookingPages.com has a comprehensive USA Notebooking Set.
Browse other history worksheets and mini unit studies available at Mama’s Learning Corner.