Activities, Lesson Plans, and More
- Y—Young (PreK-3rd)
- M—Middle (4th-6th)
- O—Older (7th-12th)
- T—Teacher Resources
Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum
An extensive museum site full of detailed articles on the events, people, and politics related to the Boston Tea Party. Also included is an extensive research library on the general time period surrounding the event, as well as a paid webinars and lesson plans.
A History of the Boston Tea Party
A history of the Boston Tea Party and the Boston Massacre, including a history of the groups behind the events, the causes, and the resulting aftermath. From the History Channel.
The Coming of the American Revolution: 1764 to 1776
A collection of primary sources, lessons, and articles relating to the events and causes of the Boston Tea Party from the Massachusetts Historical Society. Includes a summary and history of The Son's of Liberty who planned the event and other related Acts, like the Tea Act, that led to the Revolutionary War.
Primary Source Activities
A collection of primary sources, including newspapers, maps, documents, and more related to the Boston Tea Party from the Digital Public Library of America. Accompanied by a set of discussion topics, activities, and links to additional resources.
Mapping the Boston Tea Party
A slide-show of historic maps of Boston referencing famous locations related to the Boston Tea Party. Each map includes a brief history of the location, as well as why it was an important landmark to the event. From the Boston Public Library.
Revolutionary Tea Parties and the Reasons for Revolution
The Boston Tea Party was the inspiration for a number of similar events that occurred throughout the American colonies. Learn about similar events and the impact of the Boston Tea Party on the American Revolution in these lesson plans from EDSITEment. For grades 6-8.
The Boston Tea Party: Costume Optional?
An in depth lesson plan from EDSITEment for grades 6-8 to help students think like historians. They’ll use first-hand accounts of the Boston Tea Party, primary sources, and secondary sources to determine what actually happened at the Boston Tea Party and learn how historians reconstruct what happened in the past.
High Tea in Boston Harbor
A series of articles from presented as newsletters from the time period on the events of the Boston Tea Party. It includes Important events afterwards, stories during the war of independence, and up to the the formation of the Constitution. Each article provides links to brief summaries to important events, people, items, and political parties relevant to the events. From PBS.
A brief description of the events that led up to the Boston Tea Party, and the direct aftermath. Includes valuable contextual information about the actions of the East India Company, and England's rationale to decide to impose the Tea Act, as well as follow up repercussions of the resulting Boston Tea Party. From The University of Groningen.
Boston Tea Party
A kid friendly, encyclopedic page from Academic Kids that focuses on the Boston Tea Party with relevant links on a variety of topics, including source material links for the articles.
A kid friendly, encyclopedic page from Academic Kids that focuses on the Intolerable Acts. The site gives detailed descriptions on each act and how it affected the birth of the Boston Tea Party, as well as context on the reasoning behind why each was implemented.
A brief description of the Tea Act, the most directly related event that led to the Boston Tea Party. From Academic Kids.
Boston Tea Party Eyewitness Account by a Participant
A first-hand account of one of the participants (George Hewes) of The Boston Tea Party detailing his actions leading up to, during, and after the event. From HistoryPlace.com.
1756-1776: The Seven Years War to the American Revolution
A detailed account of The Seven Year War, an event that directly led to the high taxation of the American colonies by the British. These taxes were the main cause of the Boston Tea Party. From the Tax History Museum.
Boston Tea Party Historical Society
This resource includes timelines, numbers and facts, analysis, student essay guides, the location, the ships, origin of the tea, references and printable posters.
The Boston Tea Party, 1773
George Hewes was a member of the band of "Indians" that boarded the tea ships the evening of the Boston Tea Party. You can read his first-hand account of the event on Eyewitness to History.
Why Was the Boston Tea Party Not Stopped by British Troops?
An interesting account of the Boston Tea Party from Teaching History. Includes a perspective by the royal governor of Massachusetts and why the event was so surprising to British authorities.
1775 Colonial Newspaper Article
A video analysis of a 1775 Newspaper Article on the related burning of Tea in Providence, RI, and how the Boston Tea Party was not an isolated event to protest British rule. Includes detailed discussion questions, and original photos of the article during the discussion. From Teaching History.
Taxes & Smuggling: Prelude to Revolution (Video)
A fun educational video for all ages on the history of the US Revolution focusing on the events leading from the 7 Year War to the Boston Tea Party. From CrashCourse History on YouTube.