The Salem witch trials offer rich fodder for social
studies lessons. The following Web sites offer ideas for using the events as a springboard for discussing seventeenth-century society, women's roles, tolerance, justice, and more:
Salem Witch Trials Unit
This unit for fifth graders presents a synopsis of the events, two dozen
simple activities, and a bibliography for teachers and students.
The Salem Witch Trials WebQuest
On this Web site, kids work in groups of four, playing the role of
accused, afflicted, and two judges. They research the events of the
day and plead their case. The project culminates with the creation of
Salem Witch Trial Reenactment
In this sixty- to ninety-minute lesson, fifth graders play the parts
of historical figures from Salem.
Salem Witch Trials: Lesson Plans
This Web site provides links to numerous lesson plans for grades 5-12, including a unit on Arthur Miller's play The Crucible, a classic dramatization of the events surrounding the witch trials.