The Boston Tea Party through SoCreate

Lesson Plan: The Boston Tea Party Through SoCreate

This exciting lesson plan brings together social studies, storytelling, and SoCreate. The aim is to make history come alive, engaging students in an unprecedented way. We'll delve into a pivotal event that ignited the American Revolution—the Boston Tea Party, enhancing students' understanding of this significant historical moment.


The aim of this lesson is to help students understand the causes, events, and consequences of the Boston Tea Party through the power of storytelling, using the SoCreate platform.

Materials Required

Computer access with SoCreate, projector, basic knowledge of the Boston Tea Party.


Two 45-minute sessions.

Session 1

Brief Recap:

Start the lesson with a brief recap of the events leading up to the Boston Tea Party. Discuss the concept of "taxation without representation" and its impact on the colonists.

  • The French and Indian War (1754 - 1763): Also known as the Seven Years' War, this conflict left Britain in significant debt, prompting them to seek ways to raise funds.
  • The Sugar Act (1764): Britain tried to pay off its war debt by imposing taxes on the American colonies. The Sugar Act was the first of these, placing a tax on sugar and other imports.
  • The Stamp Act (1765): This act imposed a direct tax on the colonies, requiring many printed materials to be produced on stamped paper made in London.
  • The Townshend Acts (1767): Named after Charles Townshend, these acts imposed duties on glass, lead, paints, paper, and tea imported into the colonies.
  • Boston Massacre (1770): Tensions escalated between colonists and British soldiers, culminating in the Boston Massacre, where British soldiers killed five colonists during a confrontation.
  • Tea Act (1773): This act was intended to bail out the struggling British East India Company. It allowed the company to sell tea in the American colonies without the usual colonial tax, making their tea cheaper than that of American tea merchants and smugglers. This act was seen by the colonists as another attempt to impose "taxation without representation".
  • These events, among others, stirred resentment and rebellion among the colonists, ultimately leading to the Boston Tea Party in December 1773.
SoCreate Introduction:

Introduce students to the SoCreate platform. Show them how to create a new project, add characters, dialogue, and actions.

Character Creation:

Ask students to create characters based on historical figures involved in the event. They can create characters for Samuel Adams, King George III, and some of the Sons of Liberty.

Session 2

Scripting the Story:

In this session, students will use SoCreate to script the story of the Boston Tea Party. Encourage them to use historical details to make the story accurate.

Sharing and Discussion:

Once the scripts are complete, have a few students share their scripts with the class. This can lead to a discussion about different perspectives on the event and its consequences.


Assess students based on their participation in the class discussion, their understanding of the historical event, and the creativity and accuracy of their script.

And there we have it! An engaging journey through time, making a historical event tangible and exciting for our young learners. With SoCreate, we’re not just teaching history - we're bringing it alive, one narrative at a time. Let's continue to harness the power of storytelling in our social studies classrooms and create a deeper understanding of the past.