Salem Witch Trials: Colonial Life

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What was life like in the colonies back in 1692? It was pretty scary if you lived in Salem, Massachusetts! That year, the town of Salem seemed to think everyone was a witch. Even children as young as four-years old were accused of being witches! These “witches” were harshly punished, too. It was even worse for them if they didn’t confess. Why did the witch hunt happen? How did it finally come to an end? Each book in the 'American History Through Primary Sources' series delivers curriculum content by way of ...
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Overview

What was life like in the colonies back in 1692? It was pretty scary if you lived in Salem, Massachusetts! That year, the town of Salem seemed to think everyone was a witch. Even children as young as four-years old were accused of being witches! These “witches” were harshly punished, too. It was even worse for them if they didn’t confess. Why did the witch hunt happen? How did it finally come to an end? Each book in the 'American History Through Primary Sources' series delivers curriculum content by way of primary source material. Background knowledge of the subject matter is incorporated into the text. The books use clear, predictable text structures and have been leveled by a literacy expert to ensure accessibility. Vocabulary is defined at the point of use.
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Gr 4-6

With their simple vocabulary and sentence structure, these books are aimed at students who read well below grade level. Each page has two or three short paragraphs of text. Rosie discusses the role of American women during World War II both as part of the home-front workforce and in the armed forces. Copies of documents, good photographs, and posters are included. The second title deals with life in Salem and the horrors of the witch hunts in the late 17th century. It includes full-color reproductions. The books do offer some good information, but, because of their hi/lo nature, librarians probably would only want to purchase them where graded materials are needed. For a book on working women during World War II, Penny Colman's Rosie the Riveter (Crown, 1998) can't be beat; books on the Salem Witch Trials abound.-Lynda Ritterman, formerly at Atco Elementary School, NJ

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781410931252
  • Publisher: Heinemann-Raintree
  • Publication date: 10/28/2008
  • Series: American History Through Primary Sources Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,422,875
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author


Sean Stewart Price has written more than 50 books for children and teenagers, and his biography "Front Page Lives: Benazir Bhutto" garnered a starred review from Booklist. He has edited nine books for teachers and contributed to numerous text books and reference works. A former managing editor of "Junior Scholastic" magazine in New York, Price has written articles for publications such as "National Geographic Kids" and "The New York Times Upfront". He lives with his family in Alabama.
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