A Break With Charity A Story About the Salem Witch Trials

By Ann Rinaldi

Section One: pages 1-26

Your job is to develop a list of questions that your group will discuss about this part of the book.  Be sure to include different types of questions.  Examples: setting, problem solution, narrator, topic, main idea, cause effect, mood, character relationship, and compare/contrast.

1.  Where and when does the story take place?
(1962, Salem Massachusetts (p.1 par.1-2)

Point of View
2. Who is telling the story?  How do you know?
(Susanna English is the story teller, it is written in first person using “I.”)

3. How is Susanna feeling in the very beginning of the book as she watches the other girls?
(Susanna feels left out, and is very curious.  “Something was going on, I was sure of it.  And as I stood there, yearning to be part of it all..” (p 6 par 3)

4.  Sarah Bibber is a scary, evil person and she needs to take showers more often.
(Opinion, Sarah does scare Susanna, but that does not mean that she is a scary person.  The text gives no truths to Sarah being evil in this section.  It is also just an opinion that a person needs to bathe more frequently.
5.  Susanna is very worried about her brother, William's whereabouts.  What does she do to try and find out information about William
(Susanna goes into the Reverend's home to speak with Tituba.  She is familiar with reading tea leaves and black magic.  Susanna is able to work herself into the door and talk with Tituba. (p 22-23)
6.  All of the following words describe the English family except which one?
            A.   Well-off
            B.  Poor
            C.  Good people
            D.  Charitable people
          (B.  poor, "Because my father is a merchant with twenty-one vessels to his name.  And because I live in a fine three-story house in Salem Town and not here in the village." (p10 par 5))


A Break With Charity A Story About the Salem Witch Trials
By Ann Rinaldi


Section One: pages 1-26

Your job is to pick parts of the story that you want to talk about.  Choose passages that will lead to good group discussion.  Include reasons like: informative, figurative language, descriptive, dialect, funny, scary, suprising, and important.

The Steps:
1.  Pick out a passage you would like to share.
2.  Write down the page and paragraph number.
3.  Write down the first two words and the last two words of your passage.
4.  Write down the reason you chose the passage, and explain why.
5.  Ask a question about your passage, and give an answer.
6.  Write down the Author's purpose: to describe, to entertain, to inform or to persuade.

1.  Choose Passage
2.  p.14 par. 2
3.  “I would take that………no one else of it.”
4.  I choose this passage because she referred to words as medicine.  It proves to the reader how very powerful soothing words can be in a time of uncertainly.  I think that it is a very powerful like while describing Susanna’s character.
5.  Why do you think that Susanna says she would tell no one else of it?

(Susanna knows that she should not be talking to Tituba about predicting the future.  Her family is very religious and they would not agree with this.  She misses her brother so much that she is willing to risk getting in trouble to hear about him.)
6.  Authors Purpose:  To describe how deeply Susanna feels about William.

1.  Choose Passage
2.  p.15 par 2
3.  “I did not…but the Devil's”
4.  This passage is possibly foreshadowing to some big events in the future.
5.  Which words make you believe that it is foreshadowing?
(“I did not know at the time…”)
6.  Author's Purpose: To inform the readers that big events are going to occur throughout the book dealing with evil.

1.  Choose Passage
2.p. 17 par 2
3.  “If we waited…would we?”
4.  I choose this passage because I think it is a good quote to live by.  I think it allows the reader to make a connection into his or her own life.

5.  Do you think we live by any rules that should be broken because they are unfair?
(Answer:  I think that people should be able to vote at a younger age.  I think that it makes people more responsible.)
6.  Author's Purpose:  To entertain

1.  Choose Passage
2.  p. 22 par. 2
3.  “Tituba gives them…to Tituba.”
4.  I choose this passage again because it gives insight to the characters.  Tituba sheds a little truth on the society and how it forces young girls to lose their places in the culture.  It expresses people's needs to be important.
5.  Do you think the girls are going to do anything out of the ordinary to get the attention that they are lacking?
(Answer:  I think that the girls may become major characters in the story, since the title leads you to believe there are witches in the story.
6.  Author's Purpose:  To inform



A Break With Charity A Story About the Salem Witch Trials
By Ann Rinaldi


Section One: pages 1-26

Your job is to pick out words from the book that were difficult to understand.  This gives you the chance to teach your classmates a few vocabulary words!

The Steps:

1.  Write down the word and include the page and paragraph number.
2.  Copy the sentence from the book in which the word appears.
3.  Look up the word in the dictionary.
4.  Using the context clues and the dictionary definition, write down in your own words the definition of the word.
5.  Write down the correct part of speech (noun, verb, adjective, adverb).
6.  Write down a question and the answer about the word that would help you teach the word to your group.  Try to ask a question about the would that makes your group refer back to the text, or write a sentence using the word wizard word.
7.  Make your word wizard card.  Be sure ot include in big print your word and the page and paragraph number.  On the other side of your card should be a picture, the word and the definition of the word.

In this section you should look for the following words:
parsonage (p. 5 par 1)        scandalmongering (p.5 par. 1)            twoscore (p.5 par. 1)
quincy (p.11 par. 2)              blackamoors (p.16 par.  2)                  forebears (p.18 par. 3)

1.  parsonage (p.5 par 1)
2.  “The day I met Sarah Bibber behind the cluster of trees the parsonage was not a good day.”
3.  A house provided by the church for it's pastor.
4. It is a place where people who are related to a clergyman can live.
5.  noun
6.  Can you find the word "parsonage" any other places in this section?
(yes, p. 9 par 2:  "What would brother William have to do with me standing here outside the parsonage?”  This too gives a hint that a parsonage is a house or a hut.
7.  See card



1.  quincy (p.11 par. 2)
2.  “But she was down with quinsy throat this morning, so I came alone.”
4.  I would describe quinsy as being sore, or feeling puny.
5.  adjective
6.  What do you think it would feel like if you had a quinsy throat?
(You may feel sore, scratchy, painful to swallow.)
7.  See card



1.  countenance (p. 7, par. 4)
2.  "And if God was turning His countenance from Salem Village, as Reverend Paris often said at Meeting, it was as likely because of my uncharitable heart as because of anyone else's."
3.  Look up word.
4.  appearance, the face or facial features
5.  noun
6.  His countenance was very grim.
7.  Make card

1.  sojourns (p. 23 par. 2)
2.  "I thought of the twinkle in William's eye when he hinted at sojourns in Barbados or France or England."
3.  Look up word
4.  a temporary stay, a brief period of residence
5.  verb
6.  The traveler sojourns in many places.
7.  Make card


A Break With Charity A Story About the Salem Witch Trials
By Ann Rinaldi


Section One: pages 1-26

Your job is to find an interesting character from the chapters you read today.  You find three words that describe the character.  For each word, or character trait, you will give the proof or an example.  Next, you will tell one of your character's goals, or what the character wants to do in this chapter(s).  Then you will find one of the character's problems in the section and the solution to the problem.  Finally, you get to illustrate your character!




A Break With Charity A Story About the Salem Witch Trials

By Ann Rinaldi

Section One: pages 1-26

Your job is to connect the book to the outside world.  This means finding a relationship between the book and something else that is familiar, like another book or a television show.  Answer some of the following questions:
    Does this part of the story remind you of any other story or book you have read?
    Does this part of the story remind you of anything that has happened to you or someone
    that you know?
    Does this part of the story remind you of a movie or television show you have seen?
Write a paragraph, be sure to include who or what you connection is about, where and when it happened, what happened, and how it connects or deals with the part of the story your were reading.

    This section of the book reminds me of the NBC soap opera, Passions.  I have seen it a few times where they deal with a little mysterious witch craft.  One lady on the show is full of tales and predictions like Tituba.  Her name happens to be Tabetha, which is sort of similar.  Another main character is Charity, which is a key word in the title of this book.  Tabetha reads tea leaves just like Tituba does.  Many characters in Passions tend to have bad nightmares where they are lost in a forest.  The setting is familiar when Susanna is traveling through the woods.