This lesson orients students in time and place so they can consider the geography, architecture, and living conditions of 1770s Boston leading up to the events of Revolution at the Old North and beyond. It also encourages students to use their senses to help them imagine what life was like in colonial Boston and describe the differences between Boston in the 18th century and the 21st century.
Meets the following Massachusetts Frameworks for History and Social Science:
- 4.CS.3 – Observe and describe national historic sites and describe their function and significance. (H, C0
- 5.CS.1 – Identify different ways of dating historical narratives (17th century, seventeenth century, 1600s, colonial period). (H)
- 5.CS.2 – Interpret timelines of events studied. (H)
- 5.CS.3 – Observe and identify details in cartoons, photographs, charts, and graphs relating to an historical narrative. (H, E, C)
Meets the following Common Core English Language Arts Standards:
- CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI/RL.4.1 – Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when daring inferences from the text.
- CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.2 – Determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported by key details; summarize the text.
- CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.3 – Explain events, procedures, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text, including what happened and why, based on specific information in the text.
- CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.1 – Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
- CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.5.1/6.1 – Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 5/grade 6 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.
- CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.5.1c/6.1c – Pose and respond to specific questions by making comments that contribute to the discussion and elaborate on the remarks of others
- CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.5.1d/6.1d – Review the key ideas expressed and draw conclusions in light of information and knowledge gained from discussions.
- CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.5.2 – Summarize a written text read aloud or information preset end in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.
- CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.6.2 – Interpret information presented in diverse media and formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) and explain how it contributes to a topic, text, or issue under study.
- CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.2 – Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.
- CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.5 – Describe how a text presents information (e.g., sequentially, comparatively, causally).
- CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH6-8.6 – Identify aspects of a text that reveal an author’s point of view or purpose (e.g., loaded language, inclusion or avoidance of particular facts).