This lesson teaches students about the Boston Massacre in an engaging way, having them act as detectives to read and evaluate different accounts of the event.
The lesson starts by setting the scene, having students take on the role of detectives in 1770 Boston. A picture walk through Boston is included to reinforce this framing. Students are then introduced to the event, and are tasked with reading and discussing two different testimonies on the event. The lesson closes with having students identify the bias in two different depictions of the Boston Massacre.
Not only does this lesson introduce the Boston Massacre, but it also serves as an engaging introduction to bias in primary sources. It prompts students to think about how the backgrounds of individuals may influence their descriptions of various events.
Powerpoint comments include prompts to guide the instructor through the picture walk, the readings, and the image comparisons.