In this reading passage, students learn about the Boston Tea Party. In the early 1700s, the British government made a special deal with the East India Company, an English organization doing trade in the East Indies. They granted the East India Company a monopoly on tea by agreeing that no other company was allowed to sell tea in Britain or its colonies. This was a great deal for the East India Company since it meant that the company could charge whatever it wanted for its products. It already costs a lot to get a crate of tea from India to England, and government taxes made the cost of tea even higher.
In this online interactive game, Ms. Information is traveling the country trying to re-write history with her false information! Can you stop her? She has traveled to Philadelphia to change the story of the events leading to the Revolutionary War. Use your knowledge of these causes to foil her plan once and for all!
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.