Social Studies Update: Causes of the Revolution

By phillipss  

Many exciting things have been happening in social studies class the past couple of weeks.  We had our Skype virtual field trip with the Boston Tea Party Museum in Boston, MA, a formal tea party using real china teacups, and began a CSI (Crime Scene Investigation) for the Boston Massacre.  During this exciting time, we are learning about the events that will lead to the American Revolution.  It all starts after the French and Indian War.  The colonists are taxed to help England get out of debt from the war, but the colonists do not have representation in England’s Parliament to have a say on laws being passed.  Several tax laws are passed including the Stamp Act, the Townshend Acts, and the Tea Act.  The students participated in a simulation in which they were given M & M’s, but had to pay taxes for items they possessed like pencils.  Many kids experienced frustration over losing most of their M & M’s.  In the end the students got back their M & M’s – unlike the colonists who did not get tax money back!  We learned about ways the colonists protested tax laws – with boycotting British goods being one of the most effective.  A pattern of a law being passed, colonists protesting, law being repealed, then a new law being passed continued in the years leading up to the Revolution.  The colonists’ protests sometimes turned violent.  To keep peace, England sends more soldiers.  Tensions run high in Boston and lead to an event called the Boston Massacre.  British soldiers fire upon an angry mob of colonists ending in five colonists’ deaths.  Right now, students are investigating evidence and first hand accounts of what happened to determine if the British soldiers fired in self defense or if it was murder.  We will be having a mock trial this week and students will be taking a side and writing a persuasive essay to support their stance.  Be sure to ask your child about what is happening in class.  There are many questions on the Homework page.