(Liberty) Bell Work
Augment the sentence below to greatly improve it. Record your improved sentence on your paper.
The guy died.
*Augment: make (something) greater by adding to it
Read the sentence below. Do you see any problems? Do not rewrite the sentence. In fact, don't even fix the sentence. Instead, on your paper, tell the writer three things that need to be corrected.
if you throw a rock, you could
put out somebodies eye
Each team will receive a piece of the same picture (Teacher, see the file, right). Your group will conduct its own investigation of the picture you have been given. Be ready to share with the whole class. We will look at the entire picture at the end.
What Went Wrong?
On March 5, 1770, life was complicated in Boston, Massachusetts. Some people know a little bit about the event, but most probably don't understand its causes and what happened afterward. See First Blood below for another reason tensions flared.
Presumption of Innocence
It has been debated and debated. Future President John Adams successfully defended the British soldiers in court. As much as that might sound like Adams chose the wrong side, it points out this important concept:
The "massacre" in Boston is highlighted by the fact that one of the casualties of the new American Revolution was a black man (actually a man of mixed race). Just think about the irony: this was the Revolution against tyranny and the war fought for freedom and the unalienable rights of man, and the first to die was a runaway slave.
Have you ever heard of Christopher Seider? I didn't think so. On February 22, 1770, just a few days ahead of the Boston Massacre, Christopher Seider was the first patriot to die in the revolution. Here is an article to explain the situation and a video to bring it to life.
Create some test questions of your own (with a complete answer key), based on the events explained in the article and video.