Examining The Boston Massacre Through Primary Sources

The Boston Massacre is the focus of a instructional activity that explores primary sources. Scholars examine two primary source images and discuss the different perspectives on the historical event. After groups read a researched account, they perform a skit depicting one perspective. To assess comprehension, participants answer a question about the Boston Massacre.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Give class members the choice of acting their skit live or recording and playing it for their peers
  • Make the Exit Ticket a blog post that learners respond to and reply to peers 
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires projection for the slide show and copies made of the handouts
  • The pictures in question may be too graphic for some learners
Pros
  • Includes teacher's notes and an extension opportunity
  • Incorporates cooperative learning strategies
Cons
  • None