When teaching the colonial era, I desperately wanted my students to see the complexity of this moment in history. Many of my students had studied this time period multiple times and had come to automatically assume that Great Britain was some evil tyrant out to get the colonists. This is an oversimplified view of history, and it simply does not do either side justice.
I decided to task my students with looking at both sides of each major colonial law that lead to the American Revolution. Instead of simply reviewing how colonists reacted to each, they now had to consider the interests of Britain, which opened their eyes and opened the door for interesting discussions afterward.
For this assignment, I allowed students to work in groups of two or three to do research and complete the chart together using both their book and online resources. We then came back together to review their findings as a class.
To wrap up their research, you could either discuss as a class or have students write formal responses to the analysis questions.