The Witch of Blackbird Pond Unit

The Witch of Blackbird Pond Unit
The Witch of Blackbird Pond Unit
The Witch of Blackbird Pond Unit
The Witch of Blackbird Pond Unit
The Witch of Blackbird Pond Unit
The Witch of Blackbird Pond Unit
The Witch of Blackbird Pond Unit
The Witch of Blackbird Pond Unit
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There are a lot of materials out there for teaching The Witch of Blackbird Pond, but when I was thrown into a long-term sub position where the students had already begun to read the book, I did not have access to any of them nor any money to purchase some. This unit is a compilation of the materials I created in a pinch.
The Notes by Chapter Worksheet was created as a scaffold for students who found the task of creating a bulleted list of events per chapter too daunting. I had the students who could write a bulleted list of events by chapter in their reading response journals. Students were offered the choice to fill out the worksheet and glue or tape it into their journals instead. I don’t grade these notes so much as check them off for completion as a check to ensure students actually did their assigned reading.
You can choose to have your students read the novel in whatever format works best for them. Whatever method you choose, I have found it helpful to facilitate a discussion with the students – during which they can use their notes for reference, add to, or for some students with accommodation plans, even create their notes – before asking them to write paragraphs responding to the Questions by Chapter.
I have taught (and re-taught) mini-lessons on writing proper paragraphs using the handout on page 4 before asking students (in grades 3-8) to write paragraphs. I typically require a minimum of five sentences that cite evidence from the text in order for students to receive full credit. I always encourage students to use their notes and the novel when composing their paragraphs in response to literature.
I also wrote a series of short answer quizzes for every four chapters. I scored each question based on the number of lines provided for each answer. If you have to teach the novel at a faster pace, you could give these quizzes as reading checks and then use the final projects as your summative assessment.
Finally, I created several end of book projects, each with a 50 point scoring guide. If time allows at the end of a novel, I prefer to have each student do one project alone and another one in a small group of no more than four students. While these projects certainly can be cut if time is tight, I encourage you to make time for students to reflect on the novel as a whole before moving on. I wrapped up by showing the History Channel’s documentary on the Salem Witch Trials at the end of teaching this novel, which could be used to facilitate a discussion reflecting on the novel.
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