Battle of New Orleans Lesson Plan

Instructor: Artem Cheprasov

Artem has a doctor of veterinary medicine degree.

This lesson plan will help students learn about the Battle of New Orleans with key terms, a quiz, discussion topics and questions, an activity, as well as an extension.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students should be able to:

  • identify and name the key people involved in the Battle of New Orleans
  • discuss how the battle unfolded
  • understand why the battle took place after the end of the war


1 - 1.5 hours


Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.9-10.1

Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 9-10 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.9-10.2

Determine a central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.

Key Terms

  • Battle of New Orleans
  • War of 1812
  • General Andrew Jackson
  • General Edward Pakenham
  • Treaty of Ghent
  • Impressment
  • Francis Scott Key
  • Sir Alexander Cochrane
  • Chalmette Plantation


Warm Up

  • Warm up the class with a couple of questions:
    • What was the War of 1812 about?
    • When did the Battle of New Orleans take place?

Video & Discussion

  • Pass out a handout with the lesson text on The Battle of New Orleans: Summary, Significance & Facts. Students can use it to follow along and take notes.
  • Launch the video and watch it as a class.
  • Now discuss:
    • Describe the causes of the War of 1812.
    • What was the purpose of the Treaty of Ghent?
    • Discuss the trade restrictions.
    • Why did the Battle of New Orleans begin after the war officially ended?
    • Describe how the Battle of New Orleans unfolded.


  • Pass out handouts of the transcript of the Treaty of Ghent. Read the treaty as a class. Discuss its various articles and whom they benefited in the treaty. Discuss how many lives could've been spared had it arrived prior to the Battle of New Orleans. Why did it not arrive in time for the battle?

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