Problems and Events Leading Up To the Attack of 1704

Groups read primary and secondary sources detailing the ambush at Bloody Brook on September 18, 1675 and the attack on The Falls in May of 1676. After examining the results of each attack, groups reflect on the language used in the accounts and the bias reflected by the word choices.

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Instructional Ideas
  • To prepare readers for the activity, conduct a mini-lesson on denotation and connation and the power of words
Classroom Considerations
  • The fourth in a series of eight resources that examine the conflicts between the Pocumtucks and the European settlers in and around the Deerfield, Massachusetts  area
  • The eight lessons are designed to be used in order and identify the conflicting values and beliefs that led to Queen Anne's War
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Pros
  • The lesson draws on what class members have learned in previous lessons about the conflicting values of the settlers and the Native Americans
Cons
  • None