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December 16

The Boston Tea Party took place in 1773.

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The Boston Tea Party took place in 1773.

Grades 7 – 12
Calendar Activity Type Historical Figure & Event

 

EVENT DESCRIPTION

 

 

Over two hundred years ago, a group of activist colonists disguised themselves as Native Americans and dumped tea into the Boston Harbor.

"High Tea in Boston Harbor" was the headline of the Boston Gazette.

 

CLASSROOM ACTIVITY

 

 

After reading the headline of the Boston Gazette aloud (above), ask your students to create a political cartoon for this event. Political cartoonists demonstrate a particular point of view in their cartoons. Students may decide to create their cartoons from the perspective of one of the colonists, King George III, or a fish in the Boston Harbor!

Invite students to use the interactive Comic Creator to create their political cartoons and then have students share their cartoons with the class. Ask the class to identify the cartoonist's point of view. Visit the Comic Creator page for more information about this tool.  

Make copies of the student-generated political cartoons and distribute them to small groups of students. Have each group of students work collaboratively to develop higher-level response questions for the political cartoons.

 

WEBSITES

 

 
  • The American Revolution for Kids

    Primary students will enjoy this resource created by fifth-grade students.

     

  • High Tea in Boston Harbor

    Presented by PBS, this educational website chronicles the American Revolution. To assess learning, ask your students to play "The Road to Revolution," an interactive game about the revolution.

     

  • The Boston Tea Party

    At this page on the Kidport Reference Library website, students can learn about the events leading to the Boston Tea Party and access links to related information.

     

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