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The Witch of Blackbird Pond

by Elizabeth George Speare

Chapter 1 Preview
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Vocab. Review 1-4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Chapter 8
Vocab. Review 5-8
Chapter 9
Chapter 10
Chapter 11
Chapter 12
Vocab. Rev. 9-12
Chapter 13
Chapter 14
Chapter 15
Chapter 16
Vocab. Rev. 13-16
Chapter 17
Chapter 18
Chpater 19
Chapter 20
Vocab. Rev. 17-20
Chapter 21
Vocab. Rev. 1-21
End of the Book Test
End of the Book Projects
 

Life in early New England was hard.  The Puritans took their work and religion very seriously.  Their laws were strict, and lawbreakers faced severe punishment.  One crime punishable by death was witchcraft.  Waves of superstitious fear flowed through the Puritan settlements about witches for several years.   People were accused of being in league with the devil for outrageous reasons like: 

        "When his shadow fell on me, I cut my finger with my knife."

How could anyone prove their innocence?  It was a trying time.

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Themes:  Besides giving us a glimpse of life in Puritan culture, The Witch of Blackbird Pond speaks of:

  • The importance and strength of the family.
  • The importance of choosing a compatible marriage partner with which to begin a new family.
  • Acceptance and survival in spite of not fitting in.
  • The growth of character that hardships develop within us.

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