The Witch on Fourth Street
Salem Witchcraft Webquest
The Lesson: Task, Resouces
You are being sent back in time to the year 1692, the time when the Witch Trials were happening in Salem, Massachusetts to change the course of history...or NOT!
You and your group are going to become the court that decided the fate of many men and women who were accused of being witches or having some association with the devil. You will each have a position to fulfill in making the final decision. Just remember that if found guilty, these men and women will be hung or burnt at the stake
and the decision is yours to make! Are you up for the challenge?
In this WebQuest, you will research historical witchcraft trials and especially the 1692 Salem Witch Trials and create your own court pertaining to the way you think things
should have turned out. After some preliminary research, some groups will be encouraged to investigate other historical witch trials, in order to expand our knowledge of the historical context for the Salem Witch Trials.
You will work in your literature circle group, including 1 judges, 1 accused and 1 accuser to decide the fate of 2 factual people that you will select to represent. Along with creating your own outcome for the selected people, you will also research some of
the people who were accused and killed.. You will also research the town of Salem around this time period in order to understand why things happened the way they did and how these trials and deaths could have been prevented as well as relating the events
that occurred to present day.
You will combine all of this into a multi-media presentation, either a PowerPoint
presentation or a web page (it can be as simple as you want, but remember higher marks are given for the more effort and creativity put into the site) that displays your decision
in the court as well the memorial to the people who died and the Salem town
1) You will get into your group and divide yourselves into the following positions.
* The Judges
* The Accused
* The Afflicted
The person who accepts "The Accused" task will pick someone, who in 1692, was accused of witchcraft to represent. This person must an actual person from Salem in this time period who was accused of associating with the devil. You can find names as well as biographies on these people at the following sites.
* Accused of Witchcraft - To see the biographies of these people, click on their name. There will be pictures and other information on each person.
* List of all persons accused of witchcraft in 1692 - Gives the names and residence of
people accused as well as the date they were accused.
* The Accused of Salem - Another list of the accused.
* Who Was Accused? - Some names of those accused and why they were accused.
The person who accepts "The Afflicted" task will pick someone who was supposedly "afflicted" by the devil to represent. This person, too will have to be a real person from
Salem. You can find the names as well as biographies of some of these people at these sites
* The Afflicted - A list of the afflicted persons.
* "Afflicted Girls" - A list of the afflicted people, as well as their place of residence.
* Afflicted Girls - Biographies and trial information of some of the afflicted.
The persone who accept "The Judges" task will select a judge from the list below and represent them.
* The Judges
* Judge John Hathorne - Biography
* Judge Samuel Sewall - Biography
* Judge William Stoughton - Biography
2) Once you have picked the person you wish to represent, you will research them using the links given and other links in the resource section. For the afflicted and accused,
you will do a lengthy research on your character and decide whether or not you think they were guilty of witch craft and write a report on your decision. This report will be submitted to the judges, who will have the final say in deciding the fate of your
character. You should ask yourself the following questions when making this decision. Remember, you are trying to prove that your character is innocent and trying to get the judges to see this too.
* What kind of life did this person lead?
* Did he/she have any reason to lie and say they had an association with the devil or did they have any reason to lie and say they didn't?
* Was this person young, middle aged, old, single, or married? What effect would this have on the trial?
* What would have been the reason for this outbreak of witchcraft in Salem in this time period?
* What are some known personality traits of your character?
* Was this person well respected in the town?
* What other reasons could there have been, besides witchcraft, for the hysteria in
3) The accused and afflicted will then write their report on the innocence of their character and submit it to the judges, who will make a decision on the fate of your character (the verdict). The judges will be responsible to decide if the character is
innocent or guilty of witchcraft and why? They too, will write a report on why they think this person is guilty or innocent. They will base their decision on the questions above for the afflicted and accused. The judges will also get to decide what happens to
this person. Will they be set free or killed? Hung or burnt at the stake? The 3 judges should make their decisions together and write 2 reports (one for each character) together. These reports will be written to represent the verdict in court.
*Note: All written reports will be summarized and presented in the multimedia (PowerPoint) presentations.
Fact or History Maps Personalities Presentation Analysis Fiction
The Original Resource Page: Great Source of Resources on the history of Salem, a
chronology of events, maps, and information on the aftermath of the events.
The Early Colonies Historical Background
; Early Colonist Links: Anne Bradstreet, Edward Taylor, Witch Trials in European etc History ; Colonial Trades
; The Mayflower Webpage ; Witches in the Bible and in ; "Context and the Talmud Developments" ; Witch Persecution at ; What is a Puritan? Bamberg Germany ; Plimouth on the Web ; Castles-Plague-Witch ; The Thanksgiving Story Trials- ; 17th Century New England: ; Medieval Sourcebook: Essex County Witch Trial Witchcraft Documents ; Webquests: Salem-Good [15th Century] Source of Information on all ; The Malleus Maleficarum subjects of Heinrich Kramer and ; Puritan Methods of James Sprenger Punishment ; European Witch Trials: ; Salem Etexts: Archives and The descriptions are in Documentaion English ; Online Witch Trials ; Witchcraft Trials in ; What About Witches? Medieval England ; Witches and Witch Trials in ; The Devil in Essex: Witch North America: hunting in Old and New ; Salem Witch Trials Page England