The Sorcerer's Apprentice History Curriculum Guide
- Fritz was the Sorcerer's Apprentice. An apprentice is a student learning under a professional in a specific line of work. Apprenticeships have been around for thousands of years, often with fathers or grandfathers passing on their knowledge and expertise of a certain skill (blacksmithing or woodworking, for example). In other circumstances, a teenaged boy would be sent to live with a tradesman and learn a trade that would eventually become his career. This meant cheap labor for the tradesman, and education for the youth. It was a win-win situation!
- If you could apprentice under someone in any career, what would it be and why?
- Apprenticeships are not as common now as they used to be. Why do you think that's the case? Do you think careers are better learned as an apprentice or through schooling as we have it today? Why or why not? Once you have discussed this a bit, try to argue from the other perspective.
- In a dark part of American history, a time ruled by fear of witchcraft and the supernatural, a place called Salem, Massachusetts, responded to fears by trying many people accused of witchcraft in a court of law, and executing some who were found guilty.
Learn more about this time with these resources:
- National Geographic's interactive site (for older children)
- Discovery's site has interactive historical information and teacher tips and resources.
- The Crucible (amazon.com) is a play about the Salem Witch Trials by Arthur Miller. Here is a link to the summary of the play (7+).
- Read The Witch of Blackbird Pond (amazon.com), about a girl who moves to a Puritan community in Connecticut in the 1600's, and is in danger of being branded a witch because of her differences.
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