I read The Crucible at school, as no doubt many of you did too. Arthur Miller’s play was part fictionalized and part not. Before we visited Salem, I needed to reacquaint myself with what had happened during the Salem Massachusetts Witch Trials, in part to separate from the obvious capitalization on the tourist dollar.
History Crime Solvers: Were there really witches in Salem?
What the heck is a witch? Is it the stuff of Harry Potter? Has our definition of witches changed over time? Put your super sleuths to work and use it as a jump off activity for colonization, The Crucible, or a fun activity for Halloween. After engaging students in a discussion of what a witch is, have them read a short expository essay about how witches were described during the time of the Salem trials. Discussion questions are provided to have students reassess their definitions.