Tea Overboard

While less well known than the event in Boston, the Yorktown Tea Party was equally decisive in turning community sentiment against Great Britain. To gain an understanding of why the colonists objected to the Tea Act, young historians analyze a series of primary source materials and then craft a newspaper article describing the event.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Have groups research other food boycotts including the 1965-1970 Delano Grape Strike and Boycott and then consider boycotts they might consider as protests
Classroom Considerations

  • Each lesson in this carefully scaffolded unit on the American Revolution, asks scholars to analyze documents to find evidence to support the lesson's central question and the unit's essential question

  • Includes step-by-step directions for the lesson as well as a summary activity and extensions

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