This reading based lesson shows how point of view and bias can have major effects on the way we view historical events. The students are first introduced to the Boston Massacre using traditional historical narratives of the event. Additionally, the students will discuss Paul Revere's famous engraving of the Boston Massacre. Once students have developed a basic understanding of the event, they will then go on to analyze Captain Preston's testimony of event, which completely contrasts Paul Revere's drawing and most Americans' understanding of the Boston Massacre. Finally the students will analyze an article from the Boston Gazette, which once again, works more as propaganda than a historical account.
This lesson will help students learn how to analyze multiple texts while comparing and contrasting their structure and point of view.