DAR Essay Contest 2020-21

DAR Topic 2020-21

Frances Bland Randolph Chapter NSDAR


“The Boston Massacre”



March 5, 2020, marked the 250th anniversary of the Boston Massacre, considered to be a pivotal event that paved the way to the American Revolution.

Imagine that you are living in Boston and, after witnessing the events of March 5, describe your family’s discussion about the Boston Massacre and what role it played in organizing the colonists against the British King and Parliament.



Final Due Date: Monday October 12, 2020


Research sites for information to get you going:

Virtual American Revolution



American Heroes - Video



History.com Boston Massacre and the Aftermath




Khan Academy article



US History.org



Constitution Center



Open-ended Social Studies




I encourage you to consider asking yourself a few questions for preplanning your story:

  • Who are you? Man/woman/child? Age? (your feelings/experiences may be different depending on who you are)
  • Who is in your "family" that is expressing their feelings in your story?
  • What class of people is your family? (wealthy? servants? merchants?)
  • What political feelings do you have about the King and Parliament?
  • What are the feelings of the colonists in Boston in 1770?
  • The prompt says you witnessed The Boston Massacre... what did you witness? (you need to know what happened at the Boston Massacre)
  • How did the colonists feel after the Boston Massacre?


Writing the Bibliography can be tricky... students need to retain information from the resources they use to take notes. Then, they can format their bibliographies.





There are a lot more pages out there to help with Bibliographies, but these should get you started and keep you on track.

Here are some Bibliography Generators - put your information into it and they will generate your format:

•Citation Machine:







Plagiarism Scavenger Hunt



Check for Plagiarism: (this is a paid site, but you can search Google for another option)



Sample for Title Page:


“TThe Boston Massacre”








Hopewell, VA 23860






Carter G. Woodson Middle School

Grade X


Frances Bland Randolph Chapter of NSDAR





xxx words



Rubric for DAR Essay



Title Page

  • Title of Topic – “The Boston Massacre
  • Contestant’s full name, address, phone, email
  • Contestant’s Grade level
  • Name of sponsoring DAR Chapter
  • Number of words in essay (600-1000)


  • At least 3 Sources
  • Sources are formatted correctly


Historical and geographic accuracy (everything is reasonable) - Includes accurate knowledge of what happened at the Boston Massacre

Stayed on topic - the student describes The Boston Massacre and the feelings of the colonists about what happened

Includes self and family's feelings after the Boston Massacre

Organization of essay (beginning, middle, end)

Spelling and punctuation – including proper dialogue usage (I encourage you to use very little dialogue)

Correct grammar and formatting throughout (verb tenses are the same, paragraph indentions)

The student discusses their decisions in a character's point of view


All Essays 600-1000 words

Times New Roman font 12-14, or handwritten in black ink