WARM UP PASS THE PAPER DISCUSSION:
- Is it possible for 8 teens to start a widespread panic throughout your town by making false accusations?
- How can spreading false accusations be dangerous?
- What is slander? Is it protected speech?
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- Time travel back to 1692. Based on this primary source quote explain Puritan society’s expectations for children. “Ah, children, be afraid of going prayerless to bed, lest the devil be your bedfellow.” – Cotton Mather
- Would a US court allow evidence that cannot be seen to convict and execute a defendant?
- Scapegoating is sprinkled throughout history and continues even today. Provide examples of Scapegoating in current events or the recent past.
The witch hunts of 1692 led to 20 executions. Accusations made by several young girls led to the executions of twenty innocent people.
Nineteen innocent people were hanged and one was pressed to death. An additional 4 people died while in jail. During an excruciating execution, Giles Corey’s last reported words were, “more rocks.”
Comparing and contrasting the Salem Witch Trials with the Japanese Internment Camps, McCarthyism, and the Holocaust enhance understanding.
We will watch the Discovery Channel’s “Salem Witch Trials” and the History Channel’s video that describes an alternate scenario as to why the young girls lied. Click on the image to watch the clip.
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Play the NatGeo Salem Witch Trials Game by clicking HERE. Leave a comment and tell us: DID YOU SURVIVE?