This product contains 12 one-page reading passages covering the Salem Witch Trials in Colonial America, Puritans in England and America, the Laws of the Puritans, the Arrests and Examinations, The Court and the Judges, Cotton Mather, The Accusers and Accused and more. This product is also perfect for SUBSTITUTE TEACHERS, enrichment learning, homeschool or co-ops! The reading passages are great for CLOSE READING with any non-fiction graphic organizer (not included). THIS LESSON INCLUDES READING PASSAGES, ACTIVITIES, REVIEW GAME, WORKSHEET AND TEACHER’S KEY.

Although Salem was technically under British rule in 1692, in reality the Puritans were more or less self-governing. The Puritans enforced their strict rules on non-puritan settlers as well, and often drove out those who were not willing to follow them. In 1692, the people of Salem focused on ridding their community of all citizens who were accused of practicing witchcraft. This lesson plan includes:

Reading Passages: *
12 one-page reading passages covering the following topics:

• Puritans in England and America
• Laws of the Puritans
• The Salem Witch Trials – How It Began
• Arrests and Examinations
• The Process for Putting a Witch on Trial in Salem in 1692
• The Court and the Judges
• The Associate Magistrates
• Cotton Mather – Minister and Writer
• The Accusers and the Accused
• The End of the Salem Witch Trials
• The Aftermath of the Salem Witch Trials

This product includes the following classroom activities:

 Magistrate Job Application
 Comprehension Worksheet
 A Witch or Bewitched?
 Graphing Activity: Complete a Pie Chart
 Speak Like a Puritan
 Choose a Puritan Name
 Bingo Review Words and Clues to Create your own Bingo Cards
 Puritan Children – Modern Children – A Comparison Activity
 Create a Newspaper!
 Read and Analyze Depositions Against Rebecca Nurse


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Created: Jul 23, 2016

Updated: Feb 22, 2018

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