In this common core standards-based activity, students analyze the The Boston Massacre through two primary and one secondary source. Included in the lesson are two constructed response writing prompts centered around students' comparisons of the sources.
The first source is Paul Revere's famous engraving "The Bloody Massacre". Next, students look at Captain Thomas Preston's testimony and look for discrepancies between the two. As an additional reference, students watch a YouTube video linked in the directions.
The constructed response questions prompt students to compare the sources and look for bias by analyzing how the engraving functions as war propaganda. The directions are phrased to allow student choice in which question to answer but you might choose to modify them to require that both questions be answered.
Each question includes a simple graphic organizer for students to detail their thinking before they write as well as a sentence starter to initiate their writing as needed.
*I used a font called "Washington Text" that is available for download for free from www.dafont.com.