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Using Pictures to Build Schema for Social Studies Content

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Grades 3 – 5
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Three 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Maureen Martin

Worcester, Massachusetts


International Literacy Association


Materials and Technology

Student Interactives






  • The Boston Massacre by Michael Burgan (Capstone Press, 2006)

  • Sheets of poster board

  • Markers, pens, and pencils

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Venn Diagram

Grades   K – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Organizing & Summarizing

Venn Diagram

This interactive tool allows students to create Venn diagrams that contain two or three overlapping circles, enabling them to organize their information logically.


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1. Depending on your students' familiarity with the American Revolution and Paul Revere, you may want to teach "Paul Revere: American Patriot" or "Learning About Research and Writing Using the American Revolution" prior to beginning this lesson's activities.

2. Print out images of the Boston Massacre from the following websites:

3. Obtain a copy of The Boston Massacre by Michael Burgan.

4. Gather poster paper and art supplies (e.g., markers, pens, and pencils) for as many groups of three students as your class will form.

5. Make one copy of the Image Analysis Sheet and the Anticipation Guide: Boston Massacre for each student.

6. Make a copy of the My Task List: Boston Massacre, the 2-circle interactive Venn Diagram, and the 4-Square Project Template for each group.

7. Prepare and teach a poetry minilesson focusing on cinquains and ballads that will prepare students for the culminating activity.

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