Summer SAVY 2017, Session 1/Day 2- Rebels and Revolutionaries (Rising 6th/7th)
Today we have been working hard to travel the road to the American Revolution from 1763 to about 1774. We are asking today “Was the road to revolution inevitable?” As we asked this question, we worked on our historian skills of identifying turning points.
Everyone was very excited about the developing conflict over taxation and representation that followed the Stamp Act. We had some great participation and really good questions as we followed the big story to 1774. We looked at some different opinions of the Stamp Act from the 1760s and 1770s. Reading an excerpt about Boston in 1774 helped us understand what a volatile place it was. Again we thought about the different sides represented in the reading by General Gage and Paul Revere. We will see them again tomorrow.
After lunch, we focused on the trial of the soldiers caught up in the Boston Massacre. Here we met John Adams. We thought about the setting of the Boston Massacre, and we listened to the testimony of several witnesses. Then, we acted as a jury and argued about why we thought the soldiers were innocent of murder and why we thought it was not certain that Captain Preston ordered his men to fire into the crowd.
We have wrapped the day up by beginning a timeline of important turning points up to 1774, and we will pick up with this tomorrow. Lots of great ideas, fun and hard work today!