Witch of Blackbird Pond, The – Study Guide



After the death of her grandfather, 16-year-old Kit leaves her rich Caribbean home to live in America with her Puritan aunt and uncle in Connecticut. Kit’s Uncle Matthew is a strict man, and he expects her to work hard if she is to be part of his household. Kit is willing to work, though she is unused to manual labor and unskilled at the many tasks she is given to do. Then Kit discovers the Meadows, the great level sea of green grasses that remind her of her home in Barbados. Kit finds refuge in the Meadows and at the home of Hannah Tupper, a kindly old woman living near Blackbird Pond on the edge of the Meadows. Hannah is a Quaker, considered by many of the townspeople to be a heretic because she won’t attend their church, and who some therefore suspect of being a witch.

Though she is forbidden to visit Hannah, Kit cannot stay away. She finds that she needs Hannah’s comforting friendship just as much as Hannah, living alone in a tiny ramshackle house, needs her help. Hoping to keep her relationship with the old woman a secret, Kit continues to work at being a contributing part of the family and community. When an illness sweeps through the community, the townspeople blame Hannah, calling her a witch, for bringing disease and death to their town.

Risking everything to save Hannah from a violent mob, Kit’s relationship with the old woman is revealed, and Kit finds herself standing trial before the community on the charge of witchcraft.

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Through Elizabeth George Speare’s exciting tale, students will learn:

About the Author: Learn about Elizabeth George Speare.

Background Information: Puritanism and New England colonies.

Vocabulary words used throughout the novel, utilizing a variety of activities to stimulate retention and growth.

Literary Techniques:  Antonym, synonym, simile, metaphor, characterization, foreshadow, in context, allusion, metaphor, conflict, climax, resolution, theme.

Moral Lessons and Character Values:  Self-control, hospitality, care for needy, authority, peace, pride, justice, good vs.bad company.

Activities and Writing Assignments: Mapping, Barbados, Puritans, Quakers, Salem Witch Trials, writing, Connecticut, wordsearch, discussion, poetry.

Suggestions for Further Reading:  We include a wonderful reading list of more books by the same author(s) and other books that tie in with, or are similar to, The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare.

All of the unit lessons are written from a Christian worldview!

Features and Benefits of the study guide

Printed Workbook Format

  • Large 8.5×11 format is convenient to read and easy on the eyes
  • Every question has plenty of whitespace for student’s answers
  • Encourages neat and clean handwriting practice
  • Easily transports without the need for a laptop or other expensive equipment
  • Provides a permanent record of the student’s work
  • Convenient, removable answer key included for the teacher!
Recommended Grade Level: 5-7
Setting: Connecticut, USA, 1687
Workbook ISBN: 978-1-58609-356-3
CD ISBN: 978-1-58609-579-6
Study Guide Author: Rebecca Gilleland
For the Book By: Elizabeth George Speare
Study Guide Page Count: 68 pages

Additional information

Weight 1 lbs
Dimensions 11 × 8.5 × .5 in