Lesson plan

Day 3: "A Brief History of the Salem Witch Trials"

teaches Common Core State Standards RI.7.4 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RI/7/4
teaches Common Core State Standards RI.7.3 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RI/7/3
teaches Common Core State Standards RI.7.1 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RI/7/1

Day 3: "A Brief History of the Salem Witch Trials"

This lesson plan is anchored by the text "A Brief History of the Salem Witch Trials" from Smithsonian.com. Today, students will build on the previous days' analysis of the political and religious underpinnings to the Salem Witch Trials. Students should leave the lesson with a clear understanding that disadvantaged women were accused much more often than others. As students dig into which types of people were accused of being witches, they will practice their skills in analyzing how ideas influence individuals or events (i.e. how stereotyping and scapegoating come into play). Special Materials: Student guided notes sheet Copies of the anchor text for all students