This activity should be done in conjunction with the study of Arthur Miller's, "The Crucible". Students will be pursuing independent research of "witch hunts" throughout human history. For each event listed, students should write a brief synopsis in the left column as well as the source (online site) where they found their research.
After developing a thorough understanding of the event, students will then identify 3 elements that "witch hunts have in common; fear, profiling, and persecution. For "fear" students will identify what fears of the public were being preyed upon. For "profile" they will identify the characteristics or stereotype of those who were persecuted. And for "persecution" they will list what punishment was given to those deemed "guilty".
Finally, after completing their research for the examples given and 1-2 of their own choosing, they will synthesize their findings into a short essay. Instructions are found on the last page.