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Activity Overview

During the late 1600s, the Puritans believed in witchcraft. To them, anyone who practiced it was consorting with the Devil. Between 1692 and 1693, there were over 200 cases of people being accused of practicing witchcraft, and the famous trials in Salem, Massachusetts are a deep part of our history. In this activity, students will create a narrative of important events during the Salem Witch Trials. Teachers can provide students with resources to use for research or a list of events, or allow them to research on their own.

Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 4-5

Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)

Type of Assignment Individual

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/W/4/2] Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.
  • [ELA-Literacy/W/4/3] Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.
  • [ELA-Literacy/W/4/4] Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. (Grade-specific expectations for writing types are defined in standards 1-3 above.)
  • [ELA-Literacy/W/4/7] Conduct short research projects that build knowledge through investigation of different aspects of a topic.
  • [ELA-Literacy/W/4/8] Recall relevant information from experiences or gather relevant information from print and digital sources; take notes and categorize information, and provide a list of sources.

Template and Class Instructions

(These instructions are completely customizable. After clicking "Use This Assignment With My Students", update the instructions on the Edit Tab of the assignment.)

Due Date:

Objective: Create a 4-6 cell storyboard chronicling the important events of the Salem Witch Trials.

Student Instructions:

  1. Click “Start Assignment”.
  2. Write a brief heading, stating the event.
  3. Create an illustration that represents each heading using appropriate scenes, characters, and items.
  4. Write a short description of each heading/scene in the space below the illustration.
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