A Classroom Witch Trial

This Witch Trial and accompanying record sheet is always one of the highlights of the Year 8 course! With some students taking on the role of women accused of witchcraft, others acting as defence counsel, and others as prosecution lawyers, this is a lively unit which really helps students to understand the difference between facts, opinions and bias. After the classroom vote on who was “most guilty”, it would be good fun to put the “victim” through the “water test” – ie pour a small glass of water over their head, declare them guilty as charged, and then “brand” them with the word “witch” across their forehead in board marker.