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Day 4: "A Brief History of the Salem Witch Trials"

teaches Common Core State Standards RI.7.6 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RI/7/6
teaches Common Core State Standards RI.7.3 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RI/7/3
teaches Common Core State Standards RI.7.2 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RI/7/2
teaches Common Core State Standards RI.7.1 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RI/7/1

Day 4: "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, readers will dive even deeper into the text to build a fuller understanding of how prejudice, suffering, paranoia, and injustice played a role in the Salem Witch Trials. Since students have been working with the article for three days already, they are ready for a more demanding analysis. Skills that will come into play include: analyzing the interactions between individuals, events, and ideas; determining an author's point of view; and citing several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of the text. Special Materials: Student guided notes sheet Copies of the anchor text for all students