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Salem Witch Trials Informational Text Unit

Grade Levels
9th - 12th, Homeschool
Formats Included
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28 pages
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If you are an English or Social Studies teacher and are looking for a way to introduce the story of the Salem Witch Trials and check off some of those pesky Informational Text Common Core Standards at the same time, then this is for you!

This article helps students understand the complex inter-personal relationships of Salem's villagers and identify the possible motivating factors that increased and prolonged witch hysteria. It introduces the different characters during this horrific event in American history and helps explain different theories as to why the trials started and more importantly, why it continued.

*In addition to the article, students are asked higher-level comprehension questions where they can analyze the information and show their comprehension skills.

*For students who need help with the vocabulary from the unit, there are two vocabulary activities where students can connect lower-level vocabulary to the more difficult words that are bolded in the article.

*Court Reporter Tweet Activity: Students are given the actual accusation against Rebecca Nurse and acting as a court reporter, they have to create a unique tweet that summarizes the point of each section. They will need to create a fun, interesting hashtag as well.

*Salem Witch Trial Version 2.0: In this activity, students are given the actual trial transcript of Bridget Bishop and they have to re-write the transcript in their own words (including appropriate slang!) to make it dynamic and modern.

*All worksheets included in this unit have answer keys.

Check out my other Salem Witch Trials Activity, Salem Witch Trials Choose Your Own Fate Activity
Total Pages
28 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
90 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
By the end of grade 12, read and comprehend history/social studies texts in the grades 11-CCR text complexity band independently and proficiently.
Integrate information from diverse sources, both primary and secondary, into a coherent understanding of an idea or event, noting discrepancies among sources.
Evaluate authors’ differing points of view on the same historical event or issue by assessing the authors’ claims, reasoning, and evidence.
Analyze in detail how a complex primary source is structured, including how key sentences, paragraphs, and larger portions of the text contribute to the whole.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including analyzing how an author uses and refines the meaning of a key term over the course of a text (e.g., how Madison defines faction in Federalist No. 10).


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