Grade Levels: 6-8, 9-12

This lesson accompanies the BrainPOP topic  Salem Witch Trials, and supports students’ in analyzing the role of Puritanism in shaping the values of New England communities. Students demonstrate understanding through a variety of creative projects.

Step 1: ACTIVATE PRIOR KNOWLEDGE

Display the phrase “Salem Witch Trials.” Ask students: 

  • What do you know about the Salem Witch Trials? What do you wonder? 

Step 2: BUILD BACKGROUND

  • Read aloud the description below the Movie player.
  • Play the Movie, pausing to check for understanding. 
  • Have students read one of the five Related Reading articles. Partner them with someone who read a different article to share what they learned with each other.

Step 3: APPLY

Students synthesize their ideas and express them through one or more of the following creative projects. They can work individually or collaborate.  

  • Make-a-Movie: Create a  movie that explains the events that led to the Salem Witch Trials, and document its effects. 
  • Make-a-Map: Make a concept map identifying the causes and effects of the Salem Witch Trials. 
  • Creative Coding: Code a newscast from the time of the Salem Witch Trials with a headline about what’s happening. 

Step 4: REFLECT & ASSESS 

Reflect: After sharing creative projects with each other, students reflect on what they’ve learned about the Salem Witch Trials.  Prompt them by asking questions such as: 

  • Could something like the Salem Witch Trials happen today? Why or why not?
  • How did puritanical values contribute to the Salem Witch Trials? 
  • How do religious values shape community and cultural norms?  

Assess: Wrap up the lesson with the Salem Witch Trials Challenge. 

 

 

Lesson Plan Common Core State Standards Alignments

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