The Boston Tea Party


Social Studies American History American Revolution The Boston Tea Party
Students first reflect on protests in contemporary America. Then they learn about the taxation acts imposed by the British government on the American colonists. Next they examine the Boston Tea Party and the resulting Intolerable Acts. Finally, they write a brief newspaper report as an eyewitness to the Boston Tea Party.

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Overview

In this experience, students first reflect on protests in contemporary America. Then they learn about the taxation acts imposed by the British government on the American colonists. Next they examine the Boston Tea Party and the resulting Intolerable Acts. Finally, they write a brief newspaper report as an eyewitness to the Boston Tea Party.

Estimated duration: 30-40 minutes

Vocabulary words:

  • liberty
  • intolerable
  • quartering

Objective

  • Describe the Boston Tea Party as an expression of colonial protest against British policy.


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One of the rights of American citizens is the right to protest peacefully. The early colonists did not have this right. They had to find creative ways to protest what they felt were unfair acts of the British government. In this experience, you will learn about one of these protests, the Boston Tea Party.

Objective

  • Describe the Boston Tea Party as an expression of colonial protest against British policy.


photo of many people marching with protest signs

Women’s March in San Francisco, CA, in 2019


In a word or short phrase, name an issue that U.S. citizens may protest for or against.

Post your answer

Use this opportunity to help students make sense of protests that may be in the news: immigration, women’s rights, Black Lives Matter, LGBTQ rights, white supremacy. Protests may be for or against the issues, and some protests draw counter-protestors. Emphasize that the right to protest peacefully is a basic American right.

Let students express their concerns about what they have seen in the news. If any students have participated in a protest, give them the opportunity to describe how they felt.


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