History Stands Trial at Lynwood Avenue Elementary

History Stands Trial at Lynwood Avenue Elementary photo

A notorious historical mystery captivated a classroom of fourth-grade students at Lynwood Avenue Elementary School as they attempted to determine if the Boston Massacre was an act of murder or self-defense.

Equipped with imitation quill pens and detective notepads, students in Sheryl Amallobieta’s class inspected numerous clues found throughout a simulated crime scene that represented the events that took place the day of the Boston Massacre. Students rotated between six stations where they reviewed different evidence, including artwork created by a British artist, Paul Revere and an unknown artist. The students learned to determine the difference between evidence obtained from bias and unbiased sources as they inspected each piece of artwork. 

As students continued to gather evidence, each group stopped at several stations where they listened to firsthand and secondhand accounts from witnesses, examined written clues and saw physical evidence up close. As the investigation concluded, students used the evidence they gathered to make inferences and record a final conclusion on who is at fault for the historic event. 

As part of the classroom unit on the Revolutionary War, the activity provided students with an engaging hands-on experience that revisited a pivotal event from that time.