By Monica Kulling

Francis Scott Key was once a really busy guy. He and his spouse had eleven kids. He was once a legal professional and plenty of humans got here to him for recommendation. yet every time he had a second, he might jot down a line of poetry. He loved writing poems. while the struggle of 1812 broke out, Francis grew to become even busier. He was once well-respected and sometimes referred to as upon to assist retain the peace because the struggle among the USA and England raged on. One fateful evening Francis and his buddy helped speak the British military into freeing a prisoner of conflict. yet they could not go back domestic simply but as the conflict of castle McHenry used to be beginning! If the British captured the fortress, the United States may perhaps rather well lose its independence. Francis and his pals might in basic terms sit down on a ship and realize the conflict. For 25 hours they watched in awe. What Francis observed encouraged him to write down a poem that will turn into America's nationwide anthem! This Step three reader is ideal  for kids who're able to learn independently.

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They took the ships. They compelled the sailors to affix the English army. This made american citizens indignant. And the anger grew. the USA desired to stream into lands west and north. yet England held forts within the west. They governed Canada within the north. the US must struggle England for freedom to achieve new land. So in 1812 the USA declared warfare on England. Francis joined the reserves. Reserve troops aid commonplace military troops. Francis helped the troops in northern Maryland. He loaded, fired, and wiped clean cannons. yet he used to be sluggish and clumsy. After ten days, the military despatched him domestic. within the spring of 1813, American troops burned down govt constructions in Canada’s capital. greater than a 12 months later, the English troops struck again. In August 1814, they marched on Washington. They set fires everywhere in the urban. They burned down the White condo! The British didn’t remain for lengthy. They deliberate to assault fortress McHenry subsequent. castle McHenry secure Baltimore’s harbor. On their march again to their ships, the British troops stopped at Dr. William Beanes’s condominium. He had helped them ahead of. yet those troops have been impolite and noisy. They stole from the folks on the town. Dr. Beanes despatched an individual to get American squaddies. They placed the British troops in detention center. This motion made a British common mad. common Robert Ross despatched troops to arrest Dr. Beanes. The health practitioner was once now a prisoner of battle! yet his neighbors knew what to do. They went to discover Francis. Rap! Rap! Rap! They banged on his door. It was once overdue, yet Francis was once conscious. “Dr. Beanes is in penitentiary! ” they shouted. The general practitioner used to be Francis’s good friend. He desired to aid. a number of days later, Francis set sail with John Skinner. John used to be a attorney, too. Their small send flew a white flag. The white flag used to be an indication all sailors knew. It intended they have been coming in peace. What if the English didn't care approximately their peace flag? however the English didn't open fireplace. the 2 males effectively boarded the British send. Francis had letters that have been written via English squaddies. The letters stated Dr. Beanes had helped them once they have been damage. normal Ross learn the letters. Dr. Beanes will be freed. yet there has been an issue. common Ross wouldn't enable the 3 males go away. They knew an excessive amount of in regards to the deliberate assault on Baltimore. Francis’s send used to be tied to a British send. The conflict all started. Cannons roared. Rockets burst. The air used to be black with smoke. “The nation is misplaced if the citadel falls,” acknowledged Dr. Beanes. “We are secure so long as our flag nonetheless flies,” stated Francis. The bombing went on for twenty-five hours! At sunrise all was once quiet. was once the flag nonetheless flying? Francis regarded right into a spyglass. there has been quite a bit smoke, he couldn't see the flag. He couldn't even see the fortress! without notice solar lower via the smoke and fog. Francis observed the flag! It used to be flying excessive above the castle! Baltimore was once secure. the USA used to be nonetheless unfastened. Francis used to be crammed with delight and pleasure. He sat on a barrel and started to put in writing in regards to the conflict. He wrote approximately how satisfied he was once to determine the flag nonetheless flying. He wrote approximately how a lot he enjoyed his nation.

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