This lesson is designed to be used in an Advanced Placement U.S. History course. Students examine primary source documents on Proclamation Act of 1763, Sugar Act, Quartering Act, Stamp Act, Stamp Act Congress, Declaratory Act, Townshend Act, Boston Massacre, Boston Tea Party, and the Coercive Acts. The primary sources have been edited for length and clarification of wording. Students fill out a data retrieval chart where they have to explain each document, or event. Then, they must categorize How does this event contribute to colonial resistance? Site political, economic, social, or ideological impact.
The activity is designed to help students answer the prompt: Explain the extent to which British imperial policies after the Seven Years War 1763 through 1776 intensified colonials’ resistance to British rule.