This is a great miniseries produced by HBO that I use for U.S. History that helps enrich students learning of the topic. These are guided questions that go in order during the film and were created to ensure that students are paying attention to the information that is being presented. (20 questions & Answer Key Included)
Boston: In the aftermath of the Boston Massacre - a deadly street confrontation between American colonists and an occupying British brigade - John Adams, a farmer/lawyer who has moved his family into Boston to establish his legal career, takes an unpopular stand by agreeing to serve as defense attorney for the accused British soldiers.
Counseled in his advocacy by his beloved wife Abigail, Adams wins the case but surprises his friend, the Attorney General, by turning down a lucrative position with the Crown. As pro-independent sentiment boils over in Massachusetts following the Coercive/Intolerable Acts, Adams is invited to join the newly created Continental Congress. After a rousing speech to his constituents, he says an emotional goodbye to his family before heading to Philadelphia - and an uncertain future.
See my other Viewing Guides for this series:
Viewing Guide: John Adams (Episode 02 - Independence)