What the heck is a witch? Has our definition of witches changed over time? Put your super sleuths to work and use it as a jump off activity for colonization, The Crucible, or a fun activity for Halloween.
After engaging students in a discussion of what a witch is, have them read a short expository essay about how witches were described during the time of the Salem trials. Discussion questions are provided to have students reassess their definitions.
Next, give students a background history of explaining what the situation was during that time. Comprehension questions and a guide for annotating a text are provided for additional scaffolding. Together they will create a hypothesis about what they believe occurred and everyone will post them to see who is closest.
Mystery solving time! Students will rotate through stations/clues, a combination of both primary and secondary sources. Included is a chart for note taking and answer key. Using the clues the students will try to prove their hypothesis. The activity includes debriefing questions.
*Background History with comprehension questions and answer key.
*8 Stations/Clues for students to rotate through and take notes on in their chart. There are three charts included with various amount completed for easy scaffolding.
*Description of the differences between primary and secondary sources.
*A guide for annotating a text.
*Links to additional extensions with suggestions and debriefing suggestions.
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