Lesson plan

Day 5: "A Brief History of the Salem Witch Trials"

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 5: "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. This culminating task is an opportunity for students to connect all the close reading they have done across the week. The question expects readers to connect their analysis from different questions not directly related to this final question. Students will draw on many skills from standards not listed here, including citing and explicating evidence from the text, explaining how an idea unfolds across a text, determining Blumberg’s point of view and purpose, and tightly tying together word meanings and the broader ideas of the text. Special Materials: Student guided notes sheet Copies of the anchor text for all students