Snowballs are flying along with jeers from an angry mob. Shots ring out in the crowd! But was it a massacre? The events leading up to the Boston Massacre were exciting. Put students in the time period with two different researched readings. (Included are directions for how to annotate a reading.)
Students hypothesize roots of the events that occurred and then investigate the different clues taking notes on the given chart (modifications and key included). Each station is a made up of quotes, engravings and speeches from that time period. Such a sneaky way to get students to analyze primary and secondary sources.
The lesson includes an opportunity to pick from two ending events:
The following day have them sit in a circle and take part in a Socratic seminar (norms, goals and directions included.) Each day of the lesson includes a teach guide with step by step directions along with suggestions for classroom set up.
Or have students take part in a mock trial. Included are personality sheets about four individuals at the Massacre. The students will use the clues provided to ask questions and construct opening and closing statements for their client.
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