Tea PartyTeachers' Edition: Grades 3-6 (Lesson Plans)
Key concepts: Boston Tea Party vs. Tea Party 2009, Preamble of the Constitution, constitutional concepts of “originalism” vs. “living document,” Section 1 Article 8 of the Constitution, Grassroots Activism, Social Media in Elections
Duration: Multiple activities are provided; depending on which activities you choose the lesson may be one 45-minute session to three 45-minute sessions.
Goal: Students will understand how political movements are created, organized and influence American politics.
Objectives: Students will compare and contrast the Boston Tea Party of 1773 with the Tea Party movement of 2009, learn the Preamble of the Constitution, compare and contrast the constitutional concepts of “originalism” and “living document”, understand Section 1 Article 8 of the Constitution, understand grassroots activism and how social media is changing campaign strategies.
Essential Question: Americans have been participating in political protests since the beginning of our country’s history. How has the organization of political groups and their actions evolved over time?
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21st Century Skills
The Tea Party Movement 2009 PowerPoint contains multiple resources and activities so you can pick and choose according to your class, which items would be most appropriate. Depending on your choices, you can complete the lesson in one session or up to three sessions.
Pre-work for Session One:
Session One: (Tea Party Movement 2009, Boston Tea Party, Tea Party Beliefs, Preamble)
Review origin of Tea Party name. Video clip of Rick Santelli’s comment and multiple Boston Tea Party videos clip are included as links on the PowerPoint.
CNBC Rick Santelli’s Tea Party comment from 0 seconds to 2 min 30 seconds
Boston Tea Party 1773 (Choose links as needed)
Tea Party - Schoolhouse Rock - No more Kings 3 minutes
The Boston Tea Party Takes Place - December 16, 1773 30 seconds
The Boston Tea Party 4 minutes
School House Rock - Preamble (America Rock) 3 minutes
ASL Translation of the Preamble to The Constitution of the United States of America 1 min
The preamble in sign language! 1 minute
Pre-work for Session Two:
Session Two: (Constitutional concepts of “originalism” and “living document”)
Session Three: (Article 1 Section 8 of Constitution, Grassroots Activism and Social Media)
George Hewes—first person account of Boston Tea Party
Scott Brown Volunteer in Fitchburg
*Compare Tea Party Movement to Occupy Wall Street Movement
See the previous lesson from HNN about Occupy Wall Street in Historical Context as reference material. Use organizer from NY Times Learning Network firstname.lastname@example.org
Non-tech: paper, poster board, colored pens and/or pencils
Teacher needs to have computer access to Internet.
Links are provided on the PowerPoint if students have access.
If students do not have access, teacher will need to make paper copies.
Conservative: Holding to traditional attitudes and values.
Grassroots Activism- A grassroots movement is politics at a local level. It is usually spontaneous and has many volunteers in the community that give their time to support a local party.
Libertarian- “One who advocates maximizing individual rights and minimizing the role of the state.” from the freedictionary.com
Living document- concept that the Constitution will need to change with the times.
Minor- A young person, not an adult
Originalism- concept that the Constitution needs to be interpreted based on what the original writers intended it to mean.
Social Media- web-based and mobile technologies that create interactive conversations.
Uphold the law- to carry out the law as it is written.
Additional Reference Links (not included above or in PowerPoint):
Boston Tea Party Historical Society- site contains pictures and facts
Boston Tea Party Historical Society- play about original Tea Party
No Time for Tea (3-5 Grade)
Other Tea Party Lesson Plans:
*The Life of the (Tea) Party: Comparing Social Protest Movements By DINAH MACK and HOLLY EPSTEIN OJALVO
*The Tea Party Movement- C-SPAN
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