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Fact, Fiction: Step Four

Place the image of the Boston Massacre on the overhead or distribute copies to students. Tell students to apply the same methods of examination to the image that they applied to the written documents. Each student—independent of the group—should try to determine bias, motive, and immediacy.

Ask students to return to their groups to share their conclusions and to discuss the reliability of the artwork. Ask each group to present its findings to the rest of the class. After the presentations, assist students as they try to determine who is to blame for the Boston Massacre.