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# Salem dot game

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This slide show is a companion to a lesson on the Salem Witchcraft trials of 1692 on http://blog.teachtci.com/ Try this activity out if you cover this content as part of your US History course.

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### Salem dot game

1. 1. Preview<br />What comes to your mind when you think about witches?<br />
2. 2. The Dot Game<br />You will receive a slip of paper. You areNOTto share your paper with any other person in the class. Take care to note whether your paper has aDOTor isBLANK. There are fewer “dots” than “non-dots” but you do not know the number for each.<br />
3. 3. The Dot Game<br />NON-DOT PEOPLE<br />You will have 5 minutes to form as large a group of “non-dot” participants as possible. The largest group of “non-dots” will win points. The whole group will lose if even one “dot” member is in the group.<br />
4. 4. The Dot Game<br />DOT PEOPLE<br />Do NOT reveal that you have a dot. “Dot” members may win points individually by being able to bluff others that they do not have a dot.<br />
5. 5. The Dot Game<br />Since everyone in the class will deny being a “dot”, you must look for people who, by any indication, seem suspicious. If you suspect a person as having a dot, you should say “So-and-so is a dot!”<br />
6. 6. The Dot Game<br />GO!<br />
7. 7. Debrief<br />Dots: How did it feel when you found out that you would be a dot?<br />What was your strategy? Was it successful?<br />
8. 8. Debrief<br />Non-Dots: How did you try to identify who the dots were?<br />Were you ever accused of being a dot? How did that feel?<br />
9. 9. You Just Experienced Colonial Salem in 1692<br />
10. 10. Let’s compare the game to history with a t-chart.<br />Dot Game<br />Historical Connection<br /><ul><li>Students accused other students of being a dot.
11. 11. Once accused, a student was marked with a post-it note.
12. 12. The teacher played a role in some students being accused of being a dot.
13. 13. There were actually few dots.
14. 14. Colonists accused others of being witches.
15. 15. You find it via research
16. 16. You find it via research
17. 17. You find it via research</li>