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.