This is the fifth lesson plan unit from the Enchanted Forest. This lesson plan unit is a joint Language Arts and Social Studies Unit based around the Newbury Award winning book The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare. The Language Arts portion of the text consists of a study guide and a creative final project.
The Social Studies unit introduces students to the concepts of the Witch Trials by showing first a clip from Monty Python and the Holy Grail. You can access the video by clicking on the link labeled "Witch Trial" in the powerpoint. If the link breaks, you can no doubt find it again on youtube by typing in "Monty Python Witch Scene". I then have lessons for a multigenre project where the students research concepts brought up in the book and create a portfolio of creative work surrounding the topic. Just a note, although the Language Arts book takes place in Connecticut, I have instead included the Salem Witch Trials as the research topic because it is the most documented. I have designed these lesson plans for a 90 minute class period, but if you have less time, you can limit the time spent. If they finish early in the Language Arts class I would suggest starting to work on the Social Studies project. The Social Studies portion of this lesson unit is a lot less scripted. Since a majority of the lessons include students working independently on their projects, I had a couple of lessons about research at the beginning and then some general lessons about researching and writing the paper. Since I do not know how your school schedules library and/or computer time, I did not really want to write that "now we will go to the library". I wanted to leave that up to you. The haiku example is my poem which is why it isn't cited. Thank you.