Boston Massacre Trial Virtual Field Trip

by  Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum

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This exhilarating reenactment captures the tensions in the town between the occupying force of British regulars and the Sons of Liberty. Your class 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 emotionally charged, riveting reenactment of the historic trial held just months after the tragic event.

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About This Program


Point to Point: $250.00
Point to Point Premium: $225.00


45 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, Learning Pod

Minimum participants:

No Minimum

Maximum participants:

There is no maximum, but for optimum interactivity, we suggest no more than 60 students.

Primary Disciplines

Social Studies/History

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, Blue Jeans, etc...)

Preview Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BC8EPig8AWo

Booking Information

For the 2020-2021 school year, programs are available September 1 through May 19. They are available Monday - Wednesday at any time, with limited availability on Thursdays and Fridays.

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

Written notice of cancellation must be received by BTPS&M at least 15 calendar days prior to the scheduled tour date in order to receive a full refund of all payments received by BTPS&M.

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Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum

Boston, MA
United States

At the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum you can be a part of the famous event that forever changed the course of American history! Historical interpreters, interactive exhibits, full-scale restored 18th Century sailing vessels and historic artifacts are just a taste of what you will experience during your visit.

Kirsten Schuller

Program Details


1) Before the experience begins the students are given characters in order to participate in the Boston Massacre Trial.
2) The students are introduced to Samuel Winthrop, the Clerk of the General Court of Massachusetts, who lays out the different roles the children will be playing, introduces the structure of the court, and summarizes what the trial is about.
3) The students meet the two councilors in charge of the trial, John Adams and Robert Treat Paine. Adams and Paine lay out arguments for and against the soldiers using witness accounts (provided by the students) and evidence.
4) The students playing the jury are given a chance to deliberate, under the guidance of their teachers, using the facts and evidence presented to determine whether the soldiers are guilty or not guilty of the crime.
5) After the verdict is read, the students discover what historically happened in the trials and there is time for a question and answer session.


Participants will...

- Immerse themselves in the moment of the Boston Massacre Trial by taking on the identity of the jury, magistrates, witnesses, co-councils, and people of Boston. Each identity plays a specific role in the functioning of the trial.
- Analyze the testimonies, evidence, and facts presented by the council to determine the innocence or guilt of the soldiers held responsible for the Boston Massacre.
- Use critical thinking skills to deliberate with their peers to determine the verdict.
- Reflect on their decision making and explore the reasons for their verdict.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum Virtual Field Trips:
National Social Studies Content Standards Correlation
United States History

Standards in History for Grades K-4
Topic 3: The History of the United States: Democratic Principles and
Values and the People from Many Cultures Who contributed to its
Cultural, Economic, and Political Heritage
Standard 4: How democratic values came to be, and how the United States
government was formed and of the nation’s basic democratic
principles set forth in the Declaration of Independence and the
Constitution by:
- Explaining that the U.S. government was formed by English colonists
who fought for independence from England. (K-4 Grades)

Standards in History for Grades 5-12
United States Era 2: Colonization and Settlement (1585-1763) Standard 2:
How political, religious, and social institutions emerged in the English
2.A: The student understands the roots of representative government and
how political rights were defined
2.A.5: Explain the social, economic, and political tensions that led to violent
conflicts between the colonists and their governments. (7-12 Grades)
United States Era 3: Revolution and the New Nation (1754-1820s)
Standard 1: The causes of the American Revolution, the ideas ad interests
involved in forging the revolutionary movement, and the reasons for
the American victory.
1.A: The student understands the causes of the American Revolution
1.A.2: Compare the arguments advanced by defenders and opponents of
the new imperial policy on the traditional rights of English people and
the legitimacy of asking the colonies to pay a share of the cost of the
empire. (5-12 Grades)
1.A.3: Reconstruct the chronology of the critical events leading to the
outbreak of armed conflict between the American colonies and
England. (5-12 Grades)
- Time, Continuity, and Change
- Power, Authority, and Governance

State Standards

Available upon request for all 50 states and Washington D.C.