On the way there, Kit asks about a lone shack by Blackbird Pond. Kit feels trapped and lonely in her new life until the day she finds refuge in the Meadows. Perhaps it was only the sunlight on boards that were scrubbed smooth and white, or perhaps it was the feeling of peace that lay across the room as tangibly as the bar of sunshine. What are six themes seen in the book, The Witch of Blackbird Pond? Then disaster strikes: John must go to join the militia and fight against Native Americans and a strange sickness spreads through the town. Her wealthy upbringing and free-spirited ways make it hard for her to adjust to the hard work and strict religious practices of her family and neighbors. Instruct students to find information about another incident in history of a person or a group being used as a scapegoat for hard times. How often she would come back she had no way of foreseeing, nor could she know that never, in the months to come, would the Meadows break the promise they held for her at this moment, a promise of peace and quietness and of comfort for a troubled heart.
Kit jumps in since she knew how to swim and gets the doll. Kit is initially accepting of William Ashby's courtship because she thinks she will have less required of her. The novel provides rich historical background on life in the early colonies, specifically addressing the lifestyle of New England Puritans and the history of the famous Connecticut Charter Oak. Nat returns to Wethersfield with his half bought ship, the Witch, named after for Kit. When a deadly illness sweeps through Wethersfield, to kill Hannah by burning her house. In Connecticut, there is a brief stop in , a small town just downriver from Wethersfield, where four new passengers board the Dolphin, the ship on which Kit is traveling. Her only friends are Nat Eaton, the sailor, and then Kit and the little girl Prudence.
Although many Puritans left England to escape restrictive religious laws, this did not stop them from implementing their own. Everything goes well until one day, bored with the normal lessons, Kit decides the children will act out a part from the Bible, the tale of the Good Samaritan. A group comes again to the house and accuses Kit of witchcraft. Themes: People will struggle and suffer for freedom. The sample storyboard shows possible topics for comparison. New York, Bantam Doubleday Dell Books, 1993.
Frayer Model storyboards can be helpful for introducing new concepts or vocabulary terms to students. When she arrives she stays at her aunt Rachel's house an … d uncle Matthew woods house. Themes Assimilation Though the novel was written in an earlier era, there are many ideas brought forward that are relevant to today. Nat and his friends are locked up and Kit sneaks away to see if Nat is one of the vandals. Those who are different might disrupt their ordered world. Have you lost your senses, Kit? Another example of Elizabeth George Speare's craft in this chapter is when Kit got yelled at in the schoolhouse for acting out a book, the bible specifically.
The religious freedom in the colonies was possible because the dominance of the Anglican Church in England itself was not enforced in its territories. She hears her cousin, Judith complaining about her. With character mapping, students will record this information, helping them follow along and catch the subtleties which make reading more enjoyable! In Barbados, Kit found joy and adventure reading poetry and plays with her grandfather. Kit comes to the meadows when she is worried or upset, and the meadows bring her a sense of calm. The judgments the colonists make based on appearance are not accurate. Judith is very upset for selfish reasons. From a square of sunlight on the floor an enormous yellow cat opened one eye to look at them.
Think of it as the lesson the author hoped to teach her readers. Climax When many of the villagers come down with a deadly fever, an angry mob tries to attack Hannah Tupper, believing her to be a witch responsible for the illnesses. Luckily Nat comes and brings Prudence who testifies for Kit. What are six themes seen in the book, The Witch of Blackbird Pond? Everywhere she walked the color shouted and sang around her. Kit gets rid of her fancy dresses when William and Judith get married also John and mercy. A basic understanding of the British colonial empire in the seventeenth century will help students understand the connection between Connecticut and Barbados. Kit also meets a man named John who is traveling to Wethersfield to be taught by a Reverend so John can own a church.
In this way, they feel secure. Kit tends to her cousins. In the end, Kit must choose the direction her life will take. Having grown up on an island, she knows how to swim, which the Puritans regarded as associated with witches. Nat walks Kit home and finds William waiting for her. In October any wonderful unexpected thing might be possible.
The timeline of his courtship with Kit is determined by the building process. Back then acting out a book the bible in school was frowned upon more than it is today in most places. Without realizing it, she falls in love with him, and though he doesn't say so, Nat reciprocates. The plantation and slaves had to be sold to pay everyone. The Frayer Model is particularly helpful for complex thematic concepts that can be understood differently by different people and in varied contexts. They say that Uncle Matthew will be furious if he finds out about the friendship.
During her year in the home of her Uncle Matthew and Aunt Rachel, Kit becomes involved in the daily life and drama of the Puritan community. Chapter 9 is a major turning point. Theme-related Terms Consider revisiting these terms as you move deeper through the story. There was a table, a chest, a bedstead with a faded quilt, a spinning wheel, and a small loom. Throughout the seventeenth century, dozens of people were executed for witchcraft, most famously in the Salem Witch Trials of the 1690s. The Witch of Blackbird Pond. The only thing her uncle, Matthew Wood, wants to know is if her grandfather was a royalist, loyal to the King of England.
Kit takes Prudence to meet Hannah. When she wakes up she meets Hannah. In fact, this is why many Puritans came to America in the first place. After the Dolphin reaches Wethersfield, Kit admits to the captain of the ship that neither her aunt nor uncle knows she is coming. Have students explore their understanding of these concepts by debating one of the following statements: 1 Individual freedom is more important than doing things for the good of the community.