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CSI, Boston Massacre: Primary Source Activity

CSI, Boston Massacre: Primary Source Activity

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Crime Scene Investigation

Case #3-5-1770: The Boston Massacre

The Boston Crime Unit has needs your help! Mr. Adams, a criminal lawyer, has asked you and your team to review the case files to determine whether Captain Prescott should stand trial for the murder of five Boston civilians.

Your task: With your team, study the attached evidence and complete the handout titled “EVIDENCE LOG” [purple]. You will be asked to present a three-minute review of your evidence to the class. After all the presentation have been seen, the class will take a vote on whether or not there is sufficient evidence to charge Preston with the crime.

Some specifics of the assignment:

  • Your group will have one designated recorder, who does not have to have a speaking part in the presentation, but will be in charge of submitting a “Report of Findings”. This report is a typed summary of your group’s findings and will be graded for thoroughness and clarity of writing.
  • All other members of the group must have a speaking role in the presentation. You will be asked to submit a “script” of your 3-minute presentation.
  • Your group will have supplied for you the slides of your evidence (so that the class can see) and a laser pointer. You are responsible for the explanation and analysis of the evidence.
  • As each group is presenting their information, you are required to fill a “KEY NOTES” [green] worksheet of each group. This worksheet will be collected with your name on top at the end of the activity.
  • Your group will receive a grade, broken down as follows:
  1. Report of Earnings (20%): based on the well-written and thorough synopsis of the groups’ work
  2. Presentation (20%): based on the participation of all non-recording members’, professionalism of the presentation, preparedness of the group (were you wellrehearsed?), and the fulfillment/limit of time (no longer than 3 minutes)
  3. Analysis (40%): based on correct and thorough analysis of the evidence, highlighting the important information pertinent to the project
  4. Class work (20%): based on the “on-task” behavior of the group for the course of two class periods

This grade will count as a QUEST

Evidence Log

  • Does the evidence show any prejudice(s) that favor one side? (List examples)
  • Does the evidence show any signs of social class, occupation? Is so, does this influence the account that is given? How so?
  • Is the evidence consistent with other sources? Give examples.
  • Any other highlights that should be mentioned in the presentation??
  • Credibility (is this evidence believable??)

About this Document

A Primary Source Activity themed around CSI. Multi-day activity. Use the Powerpoint with this activity (also uploaded)

Tags: American History, Exercises & Activities, Grade 10, History, Primary Sources, Teachers

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