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Interactive video lesson plan for: Liberty's Kids 101 - The Boston Tea Party (Pilot, Part I)

Activity overview:

Colonists in Boston rebel against "taxation without representation" by throwing a fortune in tea into the harbor (12/16/73). Moses, James and Henri travel to Boston in search of Sarah, who has arrived from England on a tea-laden ship.

Liberty's Kids: Two teenage reporters cover the events of the Revolutionary War for Ben Franklin’s newspaper, The Philadelphia Gazette. James, an American colonist, brings the rebels’ point of view to life while Sarah, a young Englishwoman stranded by fate in America, gives us the British viewpoint in her letters to her mother back in London. Meanwhile, in Paris, Ben Franklin creates strong diplomatic bonds with France, America’s first and staunchest ally. Caught on opposite sides of the hostilities, Ben’s teenage reporters confront the real, physical dangers of the conflict, forced to choose between their friendship and their countries, their understanding of good and evil, and the moral dilemmas of war. All the while trying to look after mischievous Henri, an immigrant French boy whose comical escapades constantly lead to trouble, as they bear witness to the high points of the American revolution.

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8 questions

1. What were the two acts passed that the colonists are angry about? (00:06:36)

2. What did it mean if a colonist was a "patriot"? (00:07:56)

3. What tax are the colonists protesting by just dumping the tea from this ship? (00:09:30)

4. Which famous Virginian spoke out against "taxation without representation"? (00:09:46)

5. What do you think Sam Adams is referring to when he says "red coats"? (00:12:30)

6. Do you agree with James or Sarah? Were the colonists right to be angry about the taxes? Or should they have remained loyal to Britain? Why do you think so? (00:14:45)

7. Why do you think Benjamin Franklin is blamed for starting the Boston Tea Party? (00:21:58)

8. What do you think is going to happen next? (00:22:44)

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