The Boston Massacre lesson plan, before during and after the walking tour
The Boston Massacre March 5, 1770, 9:05 P.M. Advanced Lesson Plan Audience: High school or higher For one group up to 25, two groups simultaneously with two tour guides or back-to-back tours. 1.5-2.0 Hours Customization readily available to your lesson plan Objective: To actively present the political, emotional and military causes of the Boston Massacre and its subsequent impact in the development of the nation, via a historical walking tour. Materials: Maps, portraits, copies of original documents provided on tour. Multiple take home copies upon request. Laminates additional Syllabus:
Review acts passed by Parliament specifically to gain control of the Colonies after the French and Indian War
The legal systems. Statutes vs Common Law; how did they differ?
Principles of taxation, subjugation, financial collusion, non-importation, impressment, indenture and servitude
Did billeting of troops among a civilian population from October 1, 1768 to March 5, 1770, kindle the Massacre?
Was the Massacre a decisive event leading to the American Revolution?
Was it the decisive moment that England lost control of its Colonies?
The aftermath propels the legal and political careers of individuals that became our Founding Fathers; John and Sam Adams, Robert Tweet Paine, John Hancock and Josiah Quincy, Jr.
Post-mortem on the victims and those that survived the legal proceedings
Geography of North America in the early 18th century
Demography of the Thirteen Colonies and the British Empire.
Overview a century of war in Europe and England resulting in dominance of the seas by England
Overview North American and European military history from 1754 to 1770
The French and Indian War; British Soldiers and Colonist successfully fight on the same side, exit with class conflict
An overview of the legal definitions of murder, manslaughter, justifiable homicide and self-defense
Lesson Ideas Prior to the Walking Tour, Student:
A student can describe, print, draw or make an 18th Century Grenadier uniform & surtout (that factored in trial testimony)and describe the Grenadiers specific military application in battle
Demonstrate to the class, with a safe device, the military significance and usage of the British bayonet
Provide a broad profile of an 18th century Puritan Bostonian
Overview the following servitude practices;
Suggested class activityAfter the Walking Tour
If it was not intentional was it a mistake for the British to send Irish Catholic regiments to Puritan Boston? Answer this question from the viewpoint of an 18th century Bostonian. Critique it from the 21st Century
A biography, post Massacre, on any of the four signers of the Declaration of Independence that participated in the trial of the British soldiers. Provide a brief written or oral report of their future contributions to America
Research and briefly describe the life of the five victims with emphasis on their economic and social status in Colonial Boston
Describe the sources used to research all of the above; require several non-internet bibliographies.
Student(s) provides period newspaper articles, comparing Tory Vs Radical press, summarized for the class. Suggest a visit to Edes & Gills Printing Museum just behind the Old North Church. Pictures, videos and interviews are possible
If you were a member of the jury (in the 18th century) what would be your verdict? Support your conclusion in law or common sense or both
Compare the maturity, from the 18th to the 21st century, of the laws concerning, murder, manslaughter and justifiable homicide. (for a student interested in law.)
Reflect on the lessons from the Boston Massacre as you discuss the Tea Party in 1773
Compare the mob that ruled Boston on March 5, 1770, with those of the Tea Party
Trace the progress of James Otis, Thomas Hutchinson, Samuel Adams, General Thomas Gage or Paul Revere since the Massacre to the beginning of the American Revolution, April 19, 1775.
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The tour of the freedom trail with the emphasis on Paul Revere was very informative. We started at the state house and learned about its architecture. We continued through Boston Commons and past the burial grounds. We then continued to the north end and Paul Revere’s house. At each stop Mitch had many interesting and little known facts to tell us. We were surprised by the number of occupations Paul Revere had. During our walk through the north end Mitch pointed out various restaurants to eat in. The tour was about 2 miles of walking and lasted about 1 hour 45 minutes and was most enjoyable. We would definitely take another tour with Mitch in the future. Betsy, florida
9/5/2017 Hi Sheila,
I just wanted to tell you and Mitch how very much I enjoyed today. Mitch is passion for history comes through loud and clear in his delivery.
I learned new facts about Paul Revere that I had never known before.
Mitch was so well-prepared including all of the pictures and it was obvious that heput a lot of time and effort into this tour and the presentation.
So thank you so much for the invitation He did a great job! leslie b, Natick
10/18/2017Hi Mitch, finally getting to say thank you for such an enjoyable day and tour of Paul Revere etc.. I truly learned so much and loved walking through so much of historic Boston! PHYLIS, nh
9/5/2017 Hi Beth, Thanks for asking us to go on your tour, Mitch, of Boston’s historic sites. Your enthusiasm and love of history is contagious. You made history come alive. Sorry I had to leave early. I bet the tour of the North End was equally exciting! You put your all into it. sarah r. Wellesley
6/15/2017 email@example.com Comment 6/1/2017, Your remarks about John Hancock really painted a historical image of the man. 6/1/2016 Hi Mitch, resume services reviews has just posted a comment on your blog post, Why Did Paul Revere Become a Coroner at the Age of Sixty-two? : This is a very interesting piece of historical information. I was never aware of this information before. I didn't even know how relevant Paul Revere is in the history of Boston. It seems that he is a very important figure on Boston's foundation. I'm definitely going to dwell further into matter and research more about him.Comment actions:
Irishman1987 I was there that day with members of Jerusalem lodge #104 Keene NH, I am so glad I had the chance to attend this event and pay my respects.
6/3/2017 GS, SNHU,edu, Mitch your remarks about John Hancock really painted an historical image of the man.
10/15/2016 Thank you so much for the Boston Massacre Tour. I never knew it was such a complicated affair. I particularly liked the incidental historical stops about Colonial Boston. I hadn't been downtown for years. You opened up so much for me. June, Natick Ma.
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