Illustrated by: Dede Putra & Kevin McVeigh
Copyright Date: 2015
Published by: Penguin Random House
Lexile Reading Level: 760
Common Core State Standard:
Explain the relationships or interactions between two or more individuals, events, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text based on specific information in the text.
Explain how an author uses reasons and evidence to support particular points in a text, identifying which reasons and evidence support which point(s).
Suggested Delivery: Independent, Read aloud
Grade Level Recommendation: 5th Grade
- trial: the state or position of a person or thing being tried or tested
- witchcraft: the art or practices of a witch; sorcery; magic
- tortured: the act of inflicting excruciating pain, as punishment or revenge, as a means of getting a confession or information, or for sheer cruelty
- accusation: a charge of wrongdoing; imputation of guilt or blame
- remedy: something that cures or relieves a disease or bodily disorder; a healing medicine, application, or treatment
- hysteria: an uncontrollable outburst of emotion or fear, often characterized by irrationality, laughter, weeping, etc.
- Before: This is a complicated topic for students to understand. One way a teacher can set the stage for the book is to play a short video. I found this video to be informative and appropriate for 5th grade students. (Salem Witch Trials Video for Kids )
- During: Ask the students to think of a time they told a lie that spiraled out of hand. Have them reflect on how many people were effected by the lie. Compare their situations to the one in the text. (Text-self connection)
- After: Allow the students a chance to write down 3 facts they have learned, 2 questions they still have about the Salem Witch trials, and 1 moral of the story.
Writing Activity Suggestion: If you were accused of being a witch during the Salem Witch trials, how would you convince people you weren’t a witch? Do you think people would believe you? Why or why not?
- Penguin Random House Website– Want to find out more about the book? Go to the publisher’s page. You can also find books with the same text format on this website.
- Scholastic – For more information on the book follow the link to the scholastic website.