Salem Witch Trials


Our Salem Witch Trials lesson plan teaches students about the historical series of events known as the Salem With Trials. Students learn about the trials, why they happened, and what their enduring legacy is today. They also learn related vocabulary.

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Our Salem Witch Trials lesson plan introduces students to the Salem Witch Trials and the hysteria that went along with them. Many students have heard the term “witch hunt” but may not understand the history or background of its use. During this lesson, students are asked to match terms to their definitions, demonstrating their understanding of the lesson vocabulary. Students are also asked to describe and/or use examples to show the problems with each witch test.

At the end of the lesson, students will be able to define and describe the Salem Witch Trials, identify participants, and explain the hysteria behind the trials, including their influence on society.

Common Core State Standards: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.5.1, 1.C, 5, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6.4, 7, 10

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Social Studies


5th Grade, 6th Grade