Witch of Blackbird Pond, The: Progeny Press Study Guide

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Author: Rebecca Gilleland
Publisher: Progeny Press; loose-leaf format (in clear-front presentation folder)
Ages: 11-14
Grade: Middle School

Progeny Press Study Guides provide teachers, parents, and students with questions and comparisons from the firm, and timeless, foundation of the Bible. Their study guides deal with literature as works of art and philosophy; explain and use literary terms, and deal with plot construction; dig into why the characters act, believe, and feel as they do and examine what the Bible says in similar circumstances. Easy-to-use lessons include vocabulary exercises, comprehension and analysis, critical thinking, questions on related Biblical principles, activities, plus a complete answer key.

The Witch of Blackbird Pond
Author: Elizabeth George Speare
Period: Pre-Revolutionary War Connecticut, 1687
Newbery Award Winner (1959)

Forced to leave her sunny Caribbean home for the bleak Connecticut Colony, Kit Tyler is filled with trepidation. Kit's confusion with the new ways she encounters in the Puritan colony begins on the ship, when she unintentionally alienates her first friend, a sailor named Nat. Unannounced, Kit arrives on her aunt and uncle's doorstep with more than just 7 trunks of clothes to shock the community. As Kit struggles with the ways of the community, her loneliness causes her to find and befriend a Quaker woman known as the Witch of Blackbird Pond. Even though Kit is warned to stay away from the woman, she fails to understand the dire consequences of being different and of associating with the woman, until the day Kit herself is brought before the community on charges of witchcraft.


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