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Boston Massacre Passage and Writing Prompt Worksheet

Teach Starter Publishing
Google Slide, PDF | 1 page | Grades: 4 - 5

Learn facts about the Boston Massacre with an informational reading passage and an informational writing prompt for fourth grade.

Read and Write About The Boston Massacre  

If you’re here, you are likely an upper elementary teacher on the hunt for American Revolution worksheets, activities, and lesson ideas. You are in the right place!

We’ve put together some resources to help you integrate Reading, Writing, and Social Studies. The short informational passage and writing prompt will help you teach history and writing using the R.A.C.E.S. constructed response format. This two-page resource consists of the following stages of writing development.

  1. Students will read a short history passage including facts about The Boston Massacre. Students will learn facts about the Boston Massacre, including when, where, and what triggered it. They will also discover how the Boston Massacre contributed to the American Revolution.
  2. Students will complete a R.A.C.E.S. graphic organizer to plan their responses.
  3. Students record their answers as a constructed response paragraph and use a checklist to verify that all parts are included.

Tips for Differentiation + Scaffolding 

In addition to independent student work time, use this worksheet as an activity for:

Boston Massacre Extension Activities

  • Challenge your fast finishers to extend their constructed response topic into a research project or informative essay development activity. 
  • Borrow additional American Revolution books for kids to read from your school library.
  • Have your students use websites or trade books to learn more about Benjamin Franklin’s contributions to the American Revolution.
  • For students with devices or digital learners, provide them with access to the Liberty’s Kids Video Series for additional learning about The Boston Massacre and American Revolutionary War.

Support Struggling Students

  • Support struggling writers or ESL students by providing sentence frames to aid them in constructing their sentences.
  • Read the passage together and highlight ideas that could be used as evidence and supporting details.

Easily Download & Print

Use the dropdown icon on the Download button to download this resource’s PDF or Google Slides version. 

To save paper, we suggest printing this 2-page worksheet double-sided. 

Additionally, project the worksheet onto a screen and work through it as a class by having students record their answers in their notebooks. 

Grab more informative writing prompts for third grade and up in our catalog!


This resource was created by Nicole Ellis, a teacher in New York and Teach Starter Collaborator. 

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