This set explores the culture of tea in Boston in the years leading up to the Boston Tea Party on December 16, 1773. Tea was the most popular beverage in Colonial America and the rituals surrounding it helped to establish social standing within the town.
Students will learn about the tea ritual in 18th century Boston by exploring the various types of furnishings and equipment that were related to tea drinking. Students will be able to connect the social importance of tea drinking and how it relates to both the Loyalist and Patriot views of taxation over imported goods, including tea.
This set is intended to be a post-visit activity for 5th grade classrooms participating in Old South Meeting House's Tea Is Brewing program. The set should take approximately one 30 minute session to complete. The activities and artwork in the set address the following Grade 5 learning standards in the Massachusetts History and Social Science Curriculum Frameworks: 5.11.B, 5.15.B, 5.15.C, 5.15.D, 5.33. It also addresses the following Grade 5 Concepts and Skills: 1, 2, 3, 12, 14,.