Examining the “Boston Massacre” Through Primary Sources
A Lesson with Support for English Learners
By Amy Culler
Alta Loma School District


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Student Resource:

Guided Reading Questions

Work in partners or triads to answer the following questions from the primary source documents.

1. Compare the authors of each document. Who wrote the American point of view and who wrote the British point of view?
British:

American:


2. Why do you think the American point of view was written by an anonymous source?


3. Explain each viewpoint about the bayonets.
British:

American:


4. How many soldiers were involved in the incident?
British:

American:


5. Who ordered the first shot?
British:

American:


6. If you were John Adams whose point of view would you choose for the trial? Why?


7. If you had been on the jury, whose testimony would you have believed more? Why?