“The Witches’ Tree” as a Teaching Tool

The author presented this book in projected format in four High school English classes in which Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible” was being read.

The instructor commented that “Grandma Rebecka and the Witches’ Tree” underscored Miller’s phrase “There are wheels within wheels in this village and fires within fires.”

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Rebecka’s acquisition of the Endecott Estate adds yet another layer combining with many “fires” to create an image of an ancient tree with gnarled and intertwined branches.”

Rebecka’s cousinship with Salem founder, Roger Conant, both being related to Myles Standish adds to the story.

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  1. This book is easily projectable via LCD projector or “SmartBoard” and is applicable to ELA (English Language Arts) classes studying “The Scarlet Letter” (similar time period and society) by Hawthorne and especially “The Crucible” by Arthur Miller. American History classes studying that time period would also benefit. Given its bilingual nature, ESL (English as a Second Language) classes would benefit from the side by side English/Spanish for language acquisition, reading comprehension, and introduction into American History of the Colonial Era.

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