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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:
- Report of Earnings (20%): based on the well-written and thorough synopsis of the groups’ work
- 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)
- Analysis (40%): based on correct and thorough analysis of the evidence, highlighting the important information pertinent to the project
- 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
- 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)