Boston Massacre Presentation Activity

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Presented at the ILCHE Conference at IMSA on 2/28/14.

Although this activity/project was conceived (originally) for a Special Education section of US History, it can be adapted to any level of students, including honors.

Using materials from a primary source reader, I will present a pair of activities which evaluate both textual and visual literacy by having students interpret a single historical event: the Boston “Massacre”. Students are assigned roles based on eyewitness court testimony from the trial of Captain Thomas Preston. After student oral presentations, the same students contribute to and help create a single shared visual presentation, utilizing quotes from the oral presentation.

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Boston Massacre Presentation Activity

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  2. 2. ush.posthaven.com Spiro Bolos & Anne Twadell New Trier High School
  3. 3. “The B EGINNING ” Primary versus Secondary Sources
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  13. 13. “S EE / T HINK / W ONDER ” An Exercise in Visual Literacy
  14. 14. “The P REPARATION ” Materials
  15. 15. www.gilderlehrman.org www.bostonmassacre.net (free registration required)
  16. 16. “ROYAL E” GE LAN EXCHAN “EXCHANGE TAVERN” “MAIN STREE T” “TOWN HOUSE” “CUSTOM HOUSE” T?” STREE “KING
  17. 17. “The A SSIGNMENT S ” Tips for Organization
  18. 18. Parallel Teach
  19. 19. Whole Class
  20. 20. “The O RAL P RESENTATIONS ” Document Camera & Dialogue
  21. 21. 1)  Who is your character? 2)  Translate the testimony IYOW (in your own words) 3)  Prosecution or Defense? Why? 4)  What is the single best quote that either helps or hurts Preston?
  22. 22. “The V ISUAL P RESENTATION ” Shared on Google Drive
  23. 23. “The E ND ” Stay in Touch! http://is.gd/bostonmassacre boloss@nths.net twadella@nths.net

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