Answer your questions on a separate sheet of paper. Use the numbers and letters below to indicate which question you are answering. When you click a web site it will open a new browser window, simply close the window when you are done with that link.
1. Brainstorm as many ideas as you can about witches. What do you think of when you think of the word "witch."
2. Okay, there have been TV shows like "Bewitched" and "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch," movies like "Practical Magic," "The Witches of Eastwick," "Hocus Pocus" and "The Blair Witch Project," characters and books like Witchy Poo, The Witch of Blackbird Pond, Wendy - The Good Little Witch, The Wicked Witch of the West, Glenda - The Good Witch of the North, plays like MACBETH and THE CRUCIBLE and much more. There have been beautiful witches and witches that are ugly old hags. When you think of a witch, what does she look like? What characteristics do you find? List as many characteristics as you can.
3. Now, let's look at one person's idea about what witches could look like.
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4. Our next unit will be Shakespeare's play, MACBETH. He has some ideas based on the notions of his time (the early 17th century) about witches that are shown in his plays. For more information about witches and Shakespeare, go to the following web site:
5. Shakespeare was a writer who had to be concerned about who was going to support his plays. Since he wrote during the time when England was ruled by a monarchy (kings and queens), he also had to consider his "audience." For more information on how the monarch may have felt about witches during the time of Shakespeare, go to the following web site:
Read the first paragraph and answer the questions below:
6. Many believe that the witch hunts were a way of controlling women and their strengths. To find out more about the consequences of the witch hunts, go to the following web site:
Read the first paragraph under the picture and answer the following questions:
7. It was believed that witches used familiars (animals that they could put their spirit into) and different tools to weave their magic. In Shakespeare's play MACBETH, the three witches use familiars. Look at the following web site to get more information about familiars.
8. The witch hunt craze moved to the New World too, but in a smaller way. Go to the following web site to find out more:
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9. Now that you have finished your scavenger hunt for information on witches, how have your ideas about witches changed? Write a paragraph describing the ways that your ideas of witches have changed. What do you know now that you did not know at the beginning of this web search?
10. How about some fun? Check out this site and try your hand at hang man.
Make sure you turn your work in. If you have any comments or suggestions regarding how we could improve this hunt, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, April 05, 2001
Rancocas Valley Regional High School
Mr. Roger Budd, Mrs. Debbie Gilmore, Ms. Lara Hill, Mrs. Jan Walker