Historical (fiction), Trade Book, Lexile 850
Set in Connecticut in 1687, this novel chronicles a year in the life of sixteen-year-old Katherine "Kit" Tyler. Kit arrives from Barbados to live with her only remaining relatives, who are Puritans. Nothing in Kit's pampered life has prepared her for the harsh conditions she finds living with her aunt's family. Kit likes to visit an old Quaker woman named Hannah Tupper, who lives alone as an outcast. When a mob comes for Hannah to avenge a sickness they blame on her witchcraft, Kit acts quickly and saves her friend's life. Instead of escaping with Hannah, Kit stays to care for her sick cousin and is put on trial as a witch in Hannah's place. Kit is saved by the testimony of a young girl she helped, and the story ends with Kit preparing to sail back to Barbados with the young man she plans to marry.
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The Witch of Blackbird Pond
By Elizabeth George Speare
Trade Book Lesson
Use the reading strategy of visualizing to understand a text
Determine an authorís purpose for writing
Grammar and Mechanics
Identify and understand the use of adverbs
Identify and use synonyms
Think, Collaborate, Discuss
Promote higher-order thinking for small groups or whole class
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