The witch of blackbird pond reprort mary cate mihalik
THE WITCH OF BLACKBIRD PONDBY: ELIZABETH GEORGE SPEARE Mary Cate Mihalik Reading- Miss Roche Period 3 May 11, 2012
ELIZABETH GEORGE SPEARE: BIOGRAPHY Elizabeth George Speare was born on November 21, 1908, in Melrose, Massachusetts. She was married and had two children before she ever wrote her first book. Writing historical novels happened by accident, but it soon became a hobby for her. In 1959 Elizabeth won the Newbery Medal for The Witch of Blackbird Pond. In 1962 she won the Newbery Medal for The Bronze Bow. She also received a Newbery Honor Award in 1983, and in 1989 she was presented with the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award for her contribution to children’s literature. Elizabeth died on November 15, 1994.http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7549.Elizabeth_George_Speare
SUMMARY The Witch of Blackbird Pond is a story about a sixteen-year-old girl named Katherine Tyler (Kit) who sails on a ship called the Dolphin from her home in the Caribbean Islands to Connecticut, America. While Kit is in America, she lives with her Aunt Rachel and Uncle Matthew Wood. Her aunt and uncle have two daughters, Mercy, the oldest, and Judith. Mercy is crippled on one leg from a terrible fever in her childhood, and Judith is a normal sixteen-year-old girl. The story takes place in colonial times, when people had just arrived in New England. In this time, people believed in witchcraft, and anyone charged with witchcraft or being a witch would be put on trial. If found guilty, they would kill the person by burning them at the stake or hanging them. Kit becomes friends with an old lady named Hannah Tupper, better known as the Witch of Blackbird Pond. After a mysterious fever spreads through the colonial town, Kit is charged with using witchcraft herself!
CHARACTERS Main Characters: Katherine Tyler (Kit): main character, a pretty sixteen-year-old girl who moves from the Caribbean Islands to Connecticut, lives with her aunt and uncle very generous, likes teaching children, has dark hair and looks a lot like her deceased mother, cousin of Judith and Mercy Wood, niece of Rachel and Matthew Wood, friend of Nat and Hannah Tupper Judith Wood: sixteen-year-old girl, cousin of Kit, daughter of Rachel and Matthew, younger sister of Mercy, tries to be as friendly as she can to Kit, hardworking, thinks she is in love with John Holbrook but really is in love with William Ashby Mercy Wood: about eighteen-year-old girl, cousin of Kit, older sister of Judith and daughter of Rachel and Matthew, crippled on one leg, uses crutches, very patient, kind, friendly, and calm, enjoys teaching the Dame School with the help of Kit, is secretly in love with John Holbrook Rachel Wood: Kit’s aunt, Judith and Mercy’s mother, wife of Matthew, hardworking, very compassionate and kind Matthew Wood: Kit’s uncle, Judith and Mercy’s father, husband of Rachel, hardworking, a bit harsh, stubborn, does what is best for his family Supporting Characters Nathaniel Eaton (Nat): son of the captain of the Dolphin, friend of Kit and Hannah’s, funny, loves the Dolphin, loves the sea, kind, generous John Holbrook: pupil of Reverend Bulkeley, good friend of Kit, close to the Wood family, secretly in love with Mercy, very kind, respectful, very religious William Ashby: young wealthy man, thinks he is in love with Kit when he is in love with Judith, kind, pays attention to detail, has a younger brother Hannah Tupper: old lady who lives near Blackbird Pond, most people think she is a witch, known as “The Witch of Blackbird Pond,” is a Quaker, friend of Kit and Nat, has many cats and goats, very kind and generous, compassionate and understanding, talks to husband as if he was still alive
PLOT Introduction Meet Kit Tyler, Nathanial Eaton, and John Holbrook Arrive at Connecticut Meet the Wood family Setting: on the Dolphin and in Wethersfield, Connecticut, 1687 Rising Action Kit doesn’t do a good job at helping the Wood family with household work and chores The Wood family, except Mercy because of her crippled leg, goes to a Sunday Meeting Kit can barely endure the first, and refuses to go to the second, but goes anyway Meet Reverend Gershom Bulkeley and the Miss Ashby and William Ashby Thursday, William asks if he can court Kit (“court” is the old English word for “date”) William begins to court Kit Mercy asks Kit to help her teach the Dame School Kit meets Hannah Tupper, the Witch of Blackbird Pond, Kit and Hannah become friends Kit regularly visits Hannah and finds out Nat is Hannah’s friend as well Matthew forbids Kit to visit Hannah, but Kit continues to visit her Kit begins to secretly teach Prudence, a little girl, how to read and write, and
PLOT CONTINUED Climax A strange fever spreads through Wethersfield, and Hannah is thought to have cast a spell on the town Judith and Mercy get the fever Mobs of people begin to go to Hannah’s house to arrest/burn her Kit helps Hannah escape Wethersfield in the middle of the night, and Hannah is taken away on the Dolphin After Hannah leaves, the mysterious fever leaves Kit is charged with witchcraft and put on trial Conclusion Nat and Prudence prove Kit innocent, and Kit is relieved of all charges against her Judith gets married to William Ashby, and Mercy gets married to John Holbrook Nat proposes to Kit
VOCABULARY Impulse- n. a psychic drive or instinctual urge. “She spoke on sudden impulse.” Pg. 5 Chagrin- n. a feeling of vexation, marked by disappointment or humiliation. “Surprise and chagrin left Kit speechless.” Pg. 45 Incredulous- adj. indicating or showing unbelief. “Aunt Rachel’s voice was incredulous.” Pg. 65 Jubilant- adj. showing great joy, satisfaction, or triumph; rejoicing; exultant. “Her jubilant feeling came suddenly to a halt.” Pg. 140 Sodden- adj. soaked with liquid or moisture; saturated. “… did not even notice the sodden dress and hair under Kit’s woolen cloak.” Pg. 194
STARRING ACTORS Kit Tyler played by: Victoria Justice
STARRING ACTORSJudith Wood Mercy Wood played played by: Chloe by: Meaghan Jette Moretz Martin
STARRING ACTORSRachel Wood played Matthew Wood by: Rachel Weisz played by: Josh Hartnett
STARRING ACTORSHannah Tupper played Nat played by: Chace by: Dame Helen Mirren Crawford
STARRING ACTORSWilliam Ashby played John Holbrook played by: David Henry by: Alex Pettyfer
SOUNDTRACK“Not Gonna Get Us” by t.A.T.uThis song would fit the scene when Kit goes to rescue Hannah. Not gonna get us Theyre not gonna get us Not gonna get us Not gonna get us Not gonna get us Theyre not gonna get us Theyre not gonna get us Not gonna get us Theyre not gonna get us Not gonna get us! Starting from here, lets make a promise You and me, lets just be honest Were gonna run, nothing can stop us Even the night that falls all around us
RATING I gave The Witch of Blackbird Pond a rating of 4 out of 5 stars The book had an amazing story plot that always made you want to read more. It also had great characters with different personalities, but because of the old English language used, it was a bit hard to read the dialogue. It was also hard to tell if Kit was thinking something or if think book had somehow switched to first person.