Analyze the painting shown below. Note the details.
Watch the video below to see how Salem, Massachusetts, appears today.
Positive Behavior conversation
Here is a quick discussion-starter that is related to today's topic:
Follow along with this song as the words appear on the screen: Outcast.
While we're on the Subject
To Make Us Think
We might wonder how an entire community could so easily take one person's accusation to heart. Not basing their judgments on facts and evidence, entire congregations of people prosecuted and executed innocent people as witches. Granted, their judgments were based in fear and misunderstanding, but as innocent as that sounds, we can learn from their fear and misunderstanding and avoid the same reactions in our own lives.
What follows is not meant to lessen the price paid by the innocent victims of the witch trials. Instead, this video should show us how long-held beliefs - combined with false accusations, ignorance, and lies - affect other people. Even though this video is intended for humor, we can use them to start a deeper conversation to conclude our lesson.
Some parents and other adults are wary of exposing their children to popular culture depicting witchcraft, wizardry, and fantasy. These genres, they believe, introduce children to dangerous concepts and could lead to trouble, even when the creators of these stories (in books, television shows, and books) only intend them to be for the purpose of entertainment. On which side of the issue do you stand? Can you bring yourself to respect the opposing view?