Salem Witch Trials Documentary, Complete Viewing Guide, Digital & Printable

Julie Faulkner
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There are two activities in this pack to introduce your students to the events of the Salem Witch Trials, to supplement your Crucible or American History lesson, as an emergency sub plan, or even for a quick Halloween lesson. They can be used consecutively or independently.

Student Experience: As students watch the documentary, the questions included on the viewing guide hold students accountable for the material they see in the documentary. I’ve provided a short answer version of the questions and a multiple choice version as well. Following the documentary, students will examine the stories of victims of the Salem Witch Trials and write a eulogy.


- Teacher's guide

- Active viewing, short answer questions, PDF and Digital for Google

- Multiple Choice Questions/Quiz, PDF

- In Search of History Primary and Secondary Sources Short Research Project and Creative Writing Task, PDF and Digital for google

- Super Simple Sub Sheet

- Answers

*Access to the documentary required.

**Note: This viewing guide is included in my Crucible Unit Plan.

Classroom success stories from other teachers who have loved this resource:

♥ "I loved that this one asks students to think about the material but isn't so invasive that they feel they are just answering questions without an opportunity to actually enjoy the information. Loved the layout and the alternative format--can be used as a formative assessment, admit slip, or review!"

♥ "GREAT resource! You can use it in class, or leave it for a sub. Directions for a sub are included! I love the questions - they're not just on a page numbered 1, 2, 3, etc, but are very creatively placed on the page. As if that's not enough, a quiz is also included. Very nice!"

♥ "Great activity for assessment for understanding after reading the play! Very comprehensive and easy to follow for students. Also great for sub work!"

♥ "This caught my students' attention. I love all of your work. Thank you for the time and effort put into each one--it shows."

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Total Pages
9 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
90 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.
Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.


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