Road to the American Revolution Brought Alive in the Classroom
Teachers can revolutionize their curriculum by bringing theBoston Tea Party Ships & Museumintotheir classroom.Through this virtual experience, students learn about the Boston Tea Party and the American Revolution by playing an active role debating taxation without representation, and the issues that pushed Massachusetts down the road to revolution. Students will storm aboard one of the museum’s eighteenth-century replica vessels and cast off the yoke of tyranny by destroying the Crown’s tea. They will get a taste of what life was like in the eighteenth century by exploring below decks onboard one of the vessels that moored at Griffin’s Wharf that fateful night. Finally, students will discover how the Sons of Liberty successfully overcame obstacles to accomplish their goals and achieve independence. The cost of this virtual tour and experience is $250. Teachers can register online for freelesson plans.
Plus: Other virtual experiencesare available as well—for example, the Boston Massacre Trial is a reenactment that captures the tensions in the town between the occupying force of British regulars and the Sons of Liberty. Students will be greeted by John Adams, who will present a compelling argument in defense of the soldiers, and Robert Treat Paine, who will argue that the redcoats should be found guilty. Students play the role of witnesses, magistrates, and jurors in this reenactment of the historic trial held just months after the tragic event.
The LBJ Presidential Library provides freely downloadable curriculum resources for addressing the issues during Lyndon Johnson’s presidency. In the collection, teachers will find activities and accompanying primary source materials on civil rights, voting rights, elections, presidential powers, and more.
Anyone who loves Shakespeare’s plays and poems can join the Shakespeare 2020 Project and read all of the Bard’s works or revisit an old favorite throughout the year. The project’s website will have videos, posts, artwork, and more to explore with each work.
Students in grades 7–12 are invited to join The National WWII Museum for a freecross-country virtual expedition on February 4, 2020, to discover the science, sites, and stories of the creation of the atomic bomb. Two live webcast sessions are available: Session 1, 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. (CT) and Session 2, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. (CT).