The Witch of Blackbird Pond


About the story

Newbery winner The Witch of Blackbird Pond is set in 1687, in colonial Connecticut. Sixteen-year-old Kit Tyler has just arrived from a very different, privileged life in Barbados, and her Connecticut relatives are suspicious and disapproving of her ways. Kit is strong-minded and smart, and wants to be true to herself—yet she also wants to fit in and be respectful. Her struggle for truth and love helps her to grow, but also gets her in trouble. When her different ways end in accusations of witchcraft, she faces execution. Kit’s story is one of resolving dilemmas while honoring differences.

About the LitWits Explorer’s Guide 

Experience The Witch of Blackbird Pond with your students in fun, meaningful ways! Your kids can make their own hornbooks, embellish a special setting with natural textures, check out Roundheads and Royalists, write a showdown scene, listen to red-winged blackbirds sing, dine on “hostess corncakes,” split up the story’s dilemmas, dash from task to task in an uproarious Puritan relay race, and so much more!

LitWits Explorer’s Guides are private web pages that include creative and academic downloadables. This lesson planning resource is ideal for ages 8-12, but it’s highly adaptable. Scroll down to get more details and a free idea with template.



Product Description

From the LitWits Kit for THE WITCH OF BLACKBIRD POND by Elizabeth George Speare - LITWITSThe LitWits Explorer’s Guide for The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare

Everything in this “experience guide” comes from our unique sensory workshops on The Witch of Blackbird Pond. It’s packed with hands-on ways to get into the characters’ shoes. When kids see, feel, hear, taste, smell, and DO what the characters did, they understand more. Better yet, they want to read more.

LitWits Explorer’s Guides are web pages packed with downloadables—templates, activity aids, academic handouts, and more. (Here’s a sample, for a different book.) Because our guides live online, we can link you to useful info and audiovisuals. And you’ll always have the very latest updates!

The LitWits Explorer’s Guide for The Witch of Blackbird Pond includes:

  • sensory prop suggestions, with photos
  • creative project and activity ideas, with photos
  • printable templates, excerpts, and activity prompts
  • takeaway topics, to fuel meaningful conversations
  • printable handouts for creative writing, the narrative arc, setting, and more
  • research and audiovisual links, for one-stop prep and homework help
  • great quotes from the book, where copyright allows


This guide is adaptable to a wide range of ages. (See the Ways to Use tab for classroom and homeschool uses.) We find 8-12-year-olds consistently “ready to LitWit,” but you know best what your kids are ready for, interested in, and capable of.

Common Core Alignment
The LitWits experience of this book is jam-packed with carefully integrated lessons — but they’re embedded in FUN, so kids don’t feel “taught.”  At a bare minimum, the use of this guide helps meet these Common Core goals:

THIRD GRADE Common Core Alignment
FOURTH GRADE Common Core Alignment
FIFTH GRADE Common Core Alignment
SIXTH GRADE Common Core Alignment

Please note that LitWits® is a registered trademark of LitWits Workshops, LLC.  All LitWits Explorer’s Guides are copyrighted and may be used for non-commercial educational purposes only.

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