Boston Massacre

The Boston Massacre was a propaganda victory for those protesting British rule over the American colonies. By using images from Patriots, as well as the testimony of witnesses, scholars consider what may have happened on that fateful day in 1770. Resource includes a PowerPoint and document analysis worksheet.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Analyze the images of the Boston Massacre to decide how reliable they are to use in the study of event
  • Discuss the various documents with class members to consider how they shed light on the event
Classroom Considerations
  • To use, create an account with the Stanford History Education Group
  • Lesson leans heavily on outdated historiography of the event providing learners with an opportunity exercise their critical thinking skills
  • The mix of text and images is engaging to learners
  • Activities are step-by-step, allowing pupils to develop analytical skills
  • Not all links work, although the class worksheet includes curated versions of the document