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Kit struggles to adjust to her new life in Wethersfield due to the culture shock she experiences. Although both Barbados and Connecticut are British colonies, the two could not be more different. Students can benefit from using storyboards to compare and contrast life in Kit’s two homes. Have students use one column of a T-chart to depict various aspects of life in Barbados. On the opposite side, they should depict contrasting aspects of Kit’s life in Wethersfield, CT. Students can use text below each scene to explain their observations. The sample storyboard shows possible topics for comparison.
The Witch of Blackbird Pond Setting Comparison
|The climate in Barbados was tropical, and the plants were lush and brightly colored.
|The climate in New England is much cooler than Barbados and includes a long, snowy winter. Connecticut has plenty of green plants, but few brightly colored flowers.
|On Barbados, Kit lived a wealthy life with plenty of leisure time and slaves to serve her.
|In Connecticut, Kit is expected to work hard every day, from dipping candles to weeding the crops.
|In Barbados, Kit lived with her kind-hearted grandfather who loved her and doted on her.
|In Wethersfield, Kit lives with her uncle Matthew who disapproves of her and lets her know she is unwelcome. Even her aunt and cousins are stressed by Kit’s arrival.
|In Barbados, Kit lived a life filled with laughter and fun. She enjoyed reading literature, swimming, sailing, and watching plays.
|In Wethersfield, the Puritan culture frowns on fun. Their community has strict rules and does not approve of most non-religious books and activities.
Template and Class Instructions
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Create a storyboard comparing and contrasting the settings in The Witch of Blackbird Pond.
- Click "Start Assignment".
- In one column, describe the traits and characteristics of one setting in the novel.
- In the other column, describe the traits and characteristics of the second setting that are the same or different.
- Illustrate each example with appropriate scenes, items, and characters.
- Click "Save & Exit" when done.
Lesson Plan Reference
- [ELA-Literacy/RL/6/2] Determine a theme or central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments
- [ELA-Literacy/RL/7/2] Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text; provide an objective summary of the text
- [ELA-Literacy/RL/8/2] Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to the characters, setting, and plot; provide an objective summary of the text
(You can also create your own on Quick Rubric.)
Text and images include a clear explanation of similarities and/or differences between the categories or topics. These comparisons go beyond superficial elements and show strong understanding.
Text and images include an explanation of similarities and/or differences between the categories or topics, but the explanation may lack clarity or show only superficial understanding in some squares.
Text and images may include no explanation of similarities and/or differences, or they may make only superficial or inaccurate comparisons.
Storyboard Image and Effort
Student clearly shows effort to convey the setting, characters and specific scene of the book. The scene is clearly identifiable based on the graphic depiction.
Student attempts to convey the setting, characters, and specific scene through use of graphics, but the depiction may be confusing, disordered, or lack some detail.
Student does not clearly convey the setting, characters, and scene.
Spelling and Grammar
Student uses exemplary spelling and grammar. There are no errors.
Student makes one or two minor errors in spelling and grammar.
Student makes multiple errors in spelling and grammar.
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