Lesson for Core Concept #4: Tension between Conflict and Compromise
Jacqueline Fernandez, Graduate Education Intern, Tufts
The decade before the Revolution began was a continual tug of war between those who wanted to force confrontation and those who sought accommodation and compromise.
To Pay or Not to Pay, That is the Question
Encourage and further develop students’ analytical, debate, listening, speaking, and problem solving skills by hosting a mock trial in which a jury must decide whether or not individuals involved in throwing tea overboard in the Boston Tea Party broke the law, should be jailed, and should have to pay for the tea. Students will develop arguments, listen to each other, develop counterarguments and work as teams to come to a conclusion on the issue from the perspective of their assigned character.
By the end of the activity, students will understand that
- some people had specific motivations to force confrontation
- some people had specific motivations to seek accommodation
- each group used events in a different way
- the dynamic of the opposing approaches is evident in the arguments of each group which were intended for the other
Activity: Debate and Class Discussion
Timeframe: One class period
Have students break into four groups. Provide them with fifteen to twenty minutes to read the documents and fill out the document analysis sheet (individually or together).