I wanted to share something we did recently that I was really excited about!!
We've been learning about the American Revolution in Social Studies.
I'm sure you know what a primary source is, right? It's basically an artifact from history that's real. It was created by someone that lived during that period or around it. Yep, that's my official definition. :O)
I usually use photographs or paintings, etc, as a primary source document. Or, a copy of the Declaration of Independence. Something like that.
Well, we were talking about the Boston Massacre, and did you know that Paul Revere used propaganda??? Yep. He did. And I totally used that word with my students. They were like, propa what? I was like PROPAGANDA - because saying it louder means they'll understand it, right?
Um, no. They didn't. So we talked about it.
Here's the picture that Paul Revere engraved (yes engraved) in 1770 about the Boston Massacre and then copied it for all of the colonies to see.
So, in this picture it would appear that the British lined up and started shooting at the poor unsuspecting colonists. However, this is not how it REALLY happened, which Paul Revere knew since it happened in his home town of Boston. But, he wanted to fuel the flame of anger and discontentment with Britain so he swung it the way he wanted to...which = propaganda!
What REALLY happened was that the colonists way outnumbered a lone British soldier (Redcoat) and they were taunting him, throwing snowballs, sticks, and rocks at him until he called for help. A few more Redcoats came to help and the colonists continued their mob like mentality until they clubbed a soldier, he fell, and his gun went off (or at least that's one theory). The general yelled DON'T fire but maybe they didn't hear right and so a few more fired.
But that didn't quite play into Paul Revere's hand, so he dubbed this a massacre and it spread through colonies like wildfire. (again- propaganda)
Well, I also found another picture (primary source) when I was creating my Causes of the American Revolution Articles that I found interesting.
This was created in 1868 by Alonzo Chappel. It was about 100 years later, but this picture tells a different story. So, I had my students compare and contrast the two pictures. They did really well!! Here are a few of their sheets!
They really nit-picked what was different and why. I was very impressed with the conversations going on!! And, they were totally engaged and LOVED it!! (This activity is in the Articles and Activities pack that I mentioned above!)
We are also about ready to test on the Road to Revolution so we are having our students make picture notecards of the events to help them study. Basically, they can draw anything they want on the front of the index card that represents that event to them and then they just label it on the back. Here is an example:
Causes of the American Revolution set!!
I wanted to note that these articles are perfect for grades 4-6! For grade 4, you'll probably want to read it with them and do much of it whole group. 5th and 6th grade would be more independent, and you can always use this to differentiate within your classroom!
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Thanks so much for reading about how I used primary sources! I'm linking this up with my friend Erin for
Be sure to check Erin's blog for more ideas!