John Adams defends a group of hated British soldiers at their trials following the Boston Massacre. He contends that the soldiers were acting in self-defense and that they should be judged based only on facts and evidence.
A great, kid-friendly overview of how and why the American colonies were formed and why the colonists revolted against the British.
James confronts John Adams about his defending British troops at the Boston Massacre. This illustrates the changing of loyalties that many had during the time of the British Colonies in America.
This classroom resource from TED-Ed includes an animated video illustrating the story behind the Boston Tea Party. A six-question quiz follows the video to get students thinking about information from the video. Additional resources are included such as primary sources, allowing students to "dig deeper" into the topic. Finally, the resource includes a guided discussion question. The entire resource can be used to introduce the Boston Tea Party or as a supplement during a unit on the Boston Tea Party.
In this activity, students investigate the factors that may have contributed to the American Revolution. Students consider social, economic, and geographical factors. Click on the Download PDF or DOC button to access additional resources.