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Determining Point of View: Paul Revere and the Boston Massacre


Students analyze Paul Revere’s famous engraving of the Boston Massacre to consider his bias and intent. Students use evidence from this primary source to examine Revere’s point of view. They use information from a secondary source to discuss the value of using more than one source to gain insight into an event in history.


After completing this learning activity, students will be able to:

  • Use primary source-based evidence to explore the creator’s point of view; and
  • Compare information from a primary source to a secondary source about an event

Time Required

One or two class periods

Recommended Grade Range



American Revolution
Primary Source Analysis


American History


Common Core State Standards

RI.5.6. Analyze multiple accounts of the same event or topic, noting important similarities and differences in the point of view they represent.

RI.6.6. Determine an author’s point of view or purpose in a text and explain how it is conveyed in the text.

RI.6.7 Integrate information presented in different media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively) as well as in words to develop a coherent understanding of a topic or issue.

RI.6.8. Trace and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, distinguishing claims that are supported by reasons and evidence from claims that are not.

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