Like most Americans, “The Star-Spangled Banner” holds a very special place in the hearts of my family.
Sure, I associate it with baseball games and summertime, but I strive to teach my children that our national anthem is more than just a song.
It’s a symbol of our freedom!
And even though we won’t cycle back through American history until the end of next year, my children and I frequently talk about how privileged we are to live in the land of the free and the home of the brave.
I want them to understand that people have given their lives to ensure our freedom, and are in harm’s way every single day for us to keep that freedom.
Studying “The Star-Spangled Banner” is just one way we can keep that conversation going in our home.
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The Star-Spangled Banner Copywork
When I originally published this copywork back in 2011, I had very young ones and only included the last line of the first verse.
I spent some time this weekend giving the whole printable packet an overhaul and adding the entire first verse.
You’ll find elementary lines for your younger kiddos and a set of plain lines for your older kiddos.
Copying “The Star-Spangled Banner” is such a neat way to remind your young ones about capitalization and punctuation, letter and word spacing, and more.
Favorite Books About “The Star-Spangled Banner”
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We’ve read a large amount of books related to Francis Scott Key and “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Here are a few of our favorites!
The Star-Spangled Banner by Peter Spier
Our library has an updated version of this, published in 2014. The content is the same, however, and the illustrations are just as magnificent! 😉
We love the image of Francis Scott Key’s original manuscript – so neat!
Francis Scott Key’s Star-Spangled Banner by Monica Kulling
We LOVE the Step Into Reading series, and this book is no exception!
The text is just right for my first grader and the content is excellent.
The Story of “The Star-Spangled Banner” by Patricia A. Pingry
This book is definitely written for your younger learner – Preschoolers through First Graders. The content is just right in that it’s filled with facts in a kid-friendly way.
Download The Star-Spangled Banner Copywork here:
More Patriotic Homeschool Resources!
If you’d like to do a small unit study on the writer of The Star-Spangled Banner, make sure you download the free Francis Scott Key Printables!
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