17th-Century Witch-Finders: Heroes or Villains?
Were the infamous 17th-century Witch-Finders Matthew Hopkins and John Stearne ‘heroes’ or ‘villains’? Using creative learning activities and historical sources, these 4 workshops enable pupils to reach their own answer to this question, by looking at the East Anglian Witch-Hunts of 1645-7 from a variety of different 17th-century perspectives. Each Workshop is based on a powerpoint presentation and detailed lesson plan and is designed to run for c. 80 minutes of teaching time; additional handouts are provided for workshops 1 and 3.


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  • Workshop 1 Witch-Finders and Accusers.pptx
  • Witch-Finders 1 Lesson Plan.docx
  • Witch-Finders 1 Accuser Profile Sheet.docx
  • Workshop 2 Witch-Finders and Accused Witches.pptx
  • Witch-Finders 2 Lesson Plan.docx
  • Workshop 3 Witch-Finders and their Opponents.pptx
  • Witch-Finders 3 Lesson Plan.docx
  • Witch-Finders 3 Criticisms of Hopkins (5 examples).docx
  • Witch-Finders 3 Role-Play Structure Sheet.docx
  • Workshop 4 The End of the Witch-Finders.pptx
  • Witch-Finders 4 Lesson Plan.docx

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Created: Jul 26, 2013

Updated: Nov 29, 2014

Lesson plan

pptx, 8 MB

Workshop 1 Witch-Finders and Accusers

Lesson plan

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Witch-Finders 1 Lesson Plan


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Witch-Finders 1 Accuser Profile Sheet

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