Colonial America- The Salem Witch Trials Webquest and Video Analysis with Key- this is a 10 page document that contains a webquest and a completed teacher’s key for easy marking. It contains 30 questions based on an online documentary video and the History.com website.
Students will first be directed to YouTube where they will watch a 6 minute clip of a history documentary about the Salem Witch Trials. Background information, such as the religious ideals of the community of Salem, will be examined as well as the results of the Salem Witch Trails. Following the documentary video, students will navigate to the History.com website where they will watch two more short videos. The first will provide more information on the trial itself while the second will offer one theory behind the odd behavior of the women of Salem who were accused of witchcraft (food poisoning). After watching the videos, students will read an article providing a complete historical review of the "bewitched" individuals, the accused (often women of low social status who could be made easy scapegoats), the trail and executions, the end of the trials, and the colonial governments eventual apology for the unfair treatment and death of the accused.
This webquest can be easily used as an introduction to the topic, a study guide, or a quick and easy sub plan.