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This is an awesome project for those of you teaching about the Boston Tea Party.
I like to have taught about the Boston Tea Party before we hand out the project guidelines. I usually give them a week or two to make their headdresses. If you have hostile/ oversensitive parents about their students making headdresses, please assure them that you are NOT making Native American headdresses but rather you are dressing up as Massachusetts colonists who were dressed as Native Americans. I like to give them a small reading (usually from Wikipedia) to clam their concerns.
After the student turn in their headdresses, I usually give full credit because it is a non-academic grade. I then will bring my students to "Boston." "Boston" is a different classroom in my school. These colonists (my students) go into Boston and I usually give a speech about unfair taxation without representation. We then throw the paper balls (tea) into the classroom and then get out as fast (read: safely) as possible.
This activity usually gets my students to love history because I ask a few guiding questions about what we did.
1. What were their reactions to us just showing up unannounced?
2. Why were the disguises important?
3. How do they feel now that they have to go and clean up their entire classroom?
4. Do we feel like this was an appropriate form of protest?
After that discussion, I hand out the second document, in that document, we have a writing assignment where they assume the role of colonist who is disgusted with the idea of having to pay taxes without representation in British Parliament. There is a grading rubric for the letter to make it super easy to grade and give feedback.
All you have to do is put a date on this bad boy and off you go!
Please let me know how you like!