Multiple Perspectives: Primary Source Activity

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Use primary sources to delve into seven different perspectives of the Boston Massacre. Here, historians read and examine images taken from the Boston Massacre's witnesses and participants. Then, they answer questions dissecting each source's purpose and reader's interpretation. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Divide the class into seven groups, give each group a primary source to examine, and discuss each group's findings as a whole 
  • Attach paper to give scholars more room to write, or assign short answers to be typed
  • Schedule a visit to the school library or download material related to the Boston Massacre for learners to browse
Classroom Considerations
  • Copies are required 
  • Directions are easy to follow
  • Mutliple source types enhance engagement
  • Space to write directly on the paper is limited