Thursday, November 18, 2010

Colonial Projects: Learn from your classmates

Now that you have completed your Colonial Project, you have a chance to see what your fellow classmates worked on for the last two weeks before winter break. Spend at least fifteen minutes, and read ONE of the newspapers created by students in Mr. Nekrosius's class. After reading one newspaper, on Ms. Doyle's blog, post at least three things, in sentence format, that you learned from the newspaper. In addition, write one question for the projects you viewed. Your question may be about the creative process or about the actual content of the project.

Be sure to note which class period's projects you are writing about in your blog post

Include your first name only in your post. Your post is due on Thursday!

Look here for the Salem Newspapers.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Daniel Z. , Doyle 3-4

In the Daily Pilgrim, I learned about the Salem Witch trials and how they were unjust. For example, Rebecca Nurse a 71 year old woman, was hanged because she had a wart on her nose. The main accuser in the Salem Witch Trials was Ann Putnam. She accused people based on Spectral evidence. That is when the girls assume that the specter of the accused witch is torturing that girl. What I found most interesting was the story of Giles Corey. He was crushed to death by rocks because he was accused as a witch. He said he wasn't and the punishment was crushed by rocks. Overall, the paper was very interesting.

1:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I read the article "A Cursed Court". I was very surprised to find that the whole reason that the witch trials happened was because of a few girls that accused their slave of being a witch. I was also very surprised to find that the man who founded the court of Oyer and Terminer, the court that tried witches, Governor William Phips, was the same man who disestablished it. The third thing I learned was that over 100 women were convicted in 1692 alone,which seems like a very high number.
The question I have about the projects I viewed is how did the people who made websites make their websites and what motivated them to put all the effort into doing so?

7:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The last comment was from
Micaiah, Doyle Per. 3/4

7:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"The Daily Pilgrim" was very informative.
I learned about Bridget Bishop, who was an accused witch, and the first to be hanged.
I also learned about how the people of Salem thought people became witches. Some of the accused witches were thought to have joined the Devil willingly by signing his book, other accused witches were said to be weak, and were possessed by the Devil.
The trial of Rebecca Nurse was very sad. Although she was a very godly woman, she was charged with witchcraft. At first, thanks to a petition, she was let out free, but then she had to go to trial again. This time, the afflicted girls moaned and groaned a lot, and so Rebecca was found guilty.
What inspired the authors of The Daily Pilgrim to choose the picture that they chose as the “symbol” for their newspaper?
Why did they choose the color scheme that they chose?

Alina, Doyle, Period 3/4

9:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Three things I learned from the articles of The Daily Pilgrim. Per 8 and 9

Ann Putnam Jr. was a girl who had accused many people of witchcraft against her (Ann) and her friends.
She had accused 62 people. And her parents died within two weeks of each other, seven years after the trails. She was left to take care of her other siblings.
Why would she accuse so many people if she knew that she it would not end up well for her later?

I learned that Giles Cory was a wizard, and he thought of his wife as a witch. He also was killed painfully over two days. He was supposedly really grumpy. He was married three times.
Why would he bring this fate on to himself and his wife?

Betty Parris was actually named Elizabeth, she also had the slave that was one of the witches in the trial. She was the daughter of the reverend, and she was told of witchcraft and voodoo in her own house by her slave. And was very frightened by the witches. .
Why would she listen to this witchcraft anyways if she knew it was not good for her?

8 and 9

9:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This newspaper is edited extremely well. It is very detailed and is easy to understand. It is very long, but every article has some type of historical fact. They do a very good job of giving dates.

I learned so much about who was involved like Samuel Parris and how his slave was telling stories about dark magic. They did a great job of telling his story through an interview. The interview was again edited very well and showed a lot of history. Overall this newspaper was fantastic.

Period 8-9

12:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I read New World News from period ¾. One of the articles that I read was “The Grand Finale of t he Witch Hunt.” From that peace of writing, I learned that Reverend Joseph Green replaced the previous minister, Reverend Samuel Parris, in 1697. Also, I learned that it was Reverend Green who persuaded Ann Putnam Jr. to give a public apology.
Another Article I read was “Corn-Mungus Fungus!” From this I learned many things. For instance, I learned that ergotism is “an infection from the fungus ergot that mostly grows on rye and other small wheat,” I also learned that the ergotism symptoms are the same symptoms described in the Witch Trials.
While I was reading the article “Corey Crushed” the text says Corey only spoke two words before his death: “More weight.” I wondered whether Giles Corey’s last words meant more weight so that the torture would be over, or that it would take more weight than that to get him to plead guilty or innocent.

Merrick, Doyle, Period 8-9

4:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I did the Salem witch craft trials for the group project, but reading the period 8/9 newspaper I learned some things that I did not know about. I had no idea that the girls who accused people of being a witch were called the "circle girls". I also did not know that corn fungus played such a big roll in the craziness of what happened in Salem, I thought it was mostly just the girls acting up. I did not know that Rebecca Nurse was so strong when she was accused and hanged. While reading the newspaper, I wasn't sure if the it was being written to the people of Salem, or to people of 2010. Also, why were some of the articles written in present tense, and some were written in past tense?

4:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I learned from the Daily Pilgrim period 8-9 newspaper that the Salem Witch Trials started in early 1692 because of nine young girls. I learned that Giles Cory was killed by being crushed and that Ann Putnam Jr. accused 62 people of witchcraft. How did they put together the newspaper?

By Avik

5:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Angela, Ms. Doyle, Per. 3-4
Of all the girls that accused innocent people of witchcraft or wizardry, only a few apologized. Even less of the accusers were blamed for their killing of innocent people. One of the most well-known apologies was made by a woman named Ann Putan, who herself accused sixty two people. Another man named Samuel Sewall apologized for his condemnations, but in contrast to Putan’s apology, he did it willingly. I believe that the witch accusers were not blamed or punished rightfully.
This information was aquired from the front page of the period 3-4 newspaper from the article “The Grand Finale of the Witch Hunt” by Sarah P, Alina C and Julie M.

6:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Angela, Ms. Doyle, Per. 3-4
A man named Giles Corey was falsely accused of being a wizard, and put on trial. During the trial, Corey refused to plead guilty or innocent- in fact, he refused to say a single word during his trial. Because of this, he was sentenced to be killed by being crushed by stones. Almost the entire time, Giles Corey refused to cry out or beg for mercy, he just silently and heroically accepted his death. The one time he spoke, his words were, “more weight.” I think Giles Corey is cool and courageous because he showed people to question the witch trials and he stood up for what he believed in- even when faced with a giant pile of crushing stones. This man’s rebellious acts seemed to change public opinions. In the article about Giles Corey, it says, “This death seems to have slightly changed the public opinion of these witch trials. Some have been turned more against the trials after witnessing this elderly man's painful death.” Giles Corey stood up for what he believed in and died a martyr.
This information was acquired from the “People” section of the per.3-4 newspaper from the article “Corey Crushed” by Max B.

6:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I did a newspaper myself, 8/9.
And I read periods 3/4 newspaper.
My question is how did you decide to do the format of your newspaper? Was the idea for there to be one main page with one article and links for other articles off of it?
I learned a lot from the Corey Crushed article. It explained why corey was convicted, and had a lot of good details. I learned that he was accused that he had served food at a gathering of 50 witches. And also Putnam said that a ghost had come to her and said that Corey had killed him.
I also learned that on january 14 in 1697 the community of salem held a fasting and praying day to honor the people that had died.
Julia H, 8/9

7:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I found this paper very interesting. Even though I wrote an article for the other paper I did not know that in total, 185 people were accused and 52 women and seven men were eventually tried. I found it surprising that Increase Mather agreed with witchcraft only because most of his friends did. I did not know that Joseph Green succeeded Samuel Parris for Reverend and it was because of him that Ann Putnam apologized.

Jonathan Period 8/9

8:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

An interesting fact that i found in Mr. Nekrosius's 8-9 period class newspaper was that Giles Corey's wife was accused before him. Another thing that i thought was fascinating was that Sarah Good was saved by being pregnant. I thought this was odd because if they thought she was a witch then why wouldn't the child also be bewitched? A concept which I never understood and still don't is, "Why should people who confess be freed and people who don't, in other words tell the truth, are condemned to be hanged?" The question that I pose is this, "Could these trials have been stopped sooner?" As in was there somebody along the way who could have stopped it or was it going to fast? Fabrice 3-4 Doyle

8:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kelvin Doyle Per 3-4
I read the Per 8-9 newspaper (“The Daily Pilgrim”)One thing I learned is that Ann Putnam Jr., Betty Parris (the Reverend Samuel Parris's nine year-old daughter), and Abigail Williams, Betty's cousin were some of the main accusers during the Salem Witch Trials. I found interesting that people accused even people that were well respected in the community for example Rebecca Nurse. I also learned that after Giles Corey was killed it lead to the end of the Salem Witch Trials. I learned a lot from news paper.
Who was the creator of the website?
How long did it take to make the website after all the articles were submitted?

10:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I learned that the Salem Witch hunt claimed the lives of 25 innocent people. Also a person named Ann Putman played a big roll in the trials before and after. The other thing that I learned is that we should strive for fair trials and understanding all accusations are not always true.

What was going through your mind when you made this newspaper?

Travis period 3-4

10:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Daniel Z., Doyle 3-4

One thing I learned from The Daily Pilgrim is that the Salem witch Trials were very unfair. Some people accused had nothing to do with being a witch such as Rebecca Nurse. She was an innocent 71 year old lady who was accused because of a wart on her nose and too many wrinkles. I also learned that the main accuser was Ann Putnam. She accused people based on Spectral Evidence. Spectral Evidence is when you base your accusation on a Specter, which is an evil demon that tortures you in your dreams. Later when the Witch Trials were over she apologized for wrongly accusing innocent people. But the most interesting I found out was that Giles Corey was crushed to death with rocks. this was so because he didn't want to be known as a witch and he wanted to keep his property. That is why he was crushed to death by rocks.

10:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i learned a lot about Ann Putnam. i learned that she as one of the people that apologized to the people of Salem. it is kind of amazing that she was as old as most of the people in this grade when she did this.

Fu-Cheng period 3-4
news paper period 8-9

10:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I learned that corn fungus may have been the cause of the wierd behavior from the girls/witches. I also learned that people back then sometimes mistook it for just discolored grains. I think it was interesting how the people who made Inside the Circle of Accusers came up with the conversation with the girls. Why would you talk about King Phillips war in a newspaper about the Salem witch trials.
period 3-4

10:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Genevieve, Doyle Period 3/4
Three things I learned from the Newspapers:
Some people thought the witches put on trial were just young women who were fooling around, some thought they were actually bewitched, and others believed the girls were eating a poisonous fungus.
A question I have about the projects viewed is how were the groups and the topics chosen for the Colonial Encounters?

10:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I first learned that the salem witch trials all started with three girls be taught magic by an elderly woman.also, i saw that many,many people were being falsely accused of being witches, and one way they checked to see if they were a witch was throwing the person in water and seeing if they would float. finally, i noticed that kids lives were very hard back in that time. they were in the middle of this huge basicly, war that was going on

Jack, doyle 3-4

2:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In the newspaper called the Daily Pilgrim, I learned that Giles Corey accused his wife of being a witch.I also learned that he married three times, and I learned that Dorcas Good said that a little snake drank blood from her finger. My question is how did the people who wrote the newspaper choose what they would write about? I read the newspaper from period 8/9, The Daily Pilgrim.

period 3/4

4:31 PM  
Blogger Rex said...

I learned that the Salem witch-hunt claimed the lives of twenty-five innocent citizens. Of the twenty-five, nineteen were hanged on Gallows Hill, and five others died in prison. What I learned from this is that people should strive to provide fair trials, understanding all accusations are not true. People should consider more reliable evidence before sentencing other people to unfair verdicts, and not consider confessions that were brought about by torture. If everyone follows these rules, there will be less loss in the future, and society shall not repeat this dreadful history.

4:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

okay i want to make this clear , i do not wan to insult or offend anyone. the 8/9 period web page newspaper was in my group's, but has some careless mistakes in it, but thatch all regrading them. s I read through the article i found that much of it was written very properly for a newspaper, showing no bias. most of the articles gave me new info i that i hadn't herd of during my investigation , also i suppose this would be very good source for future generations
Jose 3/4 Doyle

5:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

per. 8/9

From reading a few of the people articles in period ¾’s newspaper, I learned about three important characters in the Salem Witch Trials.
Parris’ household slave; Tituba, was the first to be accused by the daughters of Parris and their accompanists. In order to stay alive one must admit to being a witch, or otherwise, be hanged from the gallows. Naturally, Tituba believed there was still something to live for and admitted to being a witch, she was the easiest target; a poor colored slave. To give reason for the people not to hang her she gave them two other witches names, the names of Sarah Good, and Sarah Osborne.
George Burroughs became the new minister of Salem Village in the year of 1680. However, due to his religious believes Burroughs was said to have made enemies with the famous Cotton Mather, and his father Increase Mather. Cotton Mather descended from the two most prestigious, respected families in New England; the Cottons and Mather’. The famous Increase Mather was Mr. Cotton Mather’s father. His mother was Maria Cotton.
While reading period ¾ ‘s newspaper, I saw a lot of things that were similar to period 8/9 ‘s newspaper. However I noticed that when one clicked on a certain link, such as the people, there was only the lede of each people related article with a picture, and the name of the article, or what it was about. I really liked this form/style, because it felt like the reader had the power to choose what he or she wanted to read or look over, instead of jumping right into one article. However, the one question I have for period ¾ is how they did the research for their project, and what sources they used. Primary? Secondary?

6:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I learned that the Salem Witch Trials were started by a couple of girls "fooling around" and accusing people of witchcraft. These girls might have been poisoned or they could have just been actually insane.I also learned that an eighty-year-old man, Giles Corey, was tried, convicted, and killed under a pile of rocks. And all because of accusations!
Why did the girls find it amusing to accuse others of witchcraft?
Charlie, Doyle, Period 8/9

7:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

New World News 3/4
When I read the New World News, I noticed that it had nice neat tabs, where it was easy to locate different articles. I learned that when they hung witches, they would use something called "a short drop." I also learned that in the Middle Ages in Europe, they thought that witches were not evil, but were a part of the community. One thing that I thought was very interesting was, farmers were so afraid of being attacked by Indians, that they carry weapons while working in the field. When I worked on The Daily Pilgrim, Mr. Nekrosius enforced the "no me, I, our or we" rule, when I read over the 3/4 period newspaper, I noticed a lot of "me, I, our and we" in it.
Over all though, I thought it was very entertaining and informative.

7:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I read 3rd and 4th period’s news paper: New World News. I learned about John Proctor from Sophia’s article. He was accused of being a wizard and so was his wife Elizabeth. He refused to lie about being a wizard so he was executed. I also read Joanna’s article about how to tell if someone is a witch (in the Health section). I learned that the reason witches are usually portrayed in pictures with boils and pimples in front of red backgrounds is because the boils and pimples are markings of the devil and the red background shows that they are in hell (the home of the devil). The last article I read was Chris’ article about Thomas Brattle. Thomas Brattle was a man like John Proctor who spoke out against the witch trials publicly. He wrote a letter to the public and spoke out during the trials. My question is about the content in Chris’ article. Was Thomas Brattle accused of being a wizard like Proctor, or did he just speak out against the trials.
--Rachel, Doyle, 3-4

8:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I learned that to help identify a “witch,” the examiners would look for a teat. I also learned that Bridget Bishop was a woman with a “flamboyant personality” that was condemned a witch and the first to die during the Salem Witch Trials. I also learned that Ann Putnam Jr. was the leader of the Circle girls, a group that would identify “witches” at the trials. Why did Sarah Good not confess so she could be free and take care of her daughter who needed her?
Maia, Doyle Humanities 8-9

9:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I read "How to Identify a Witch" (8/9) and learned about how people determined whether someone was a witch or not. Some tests, such as the water test, killed people whether they were guilty or not; it was impossible to survive them. Some other tests include looking for the Devil's mark on people's skin and questioning the suspected witches. In most cases, they ended up being killed if they did not confess.
Many people were accused of being witches, but I was wondering if any authorities ever got accused.

Elizabeth, Doyle 8/9

9:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I read "The Daily Pilgrim" and learned a lot from it. First of all i learned that the circle girls accused others of being witches, i thought they were the first to BE accused since they were acting in such a strange matter. I also learned that men were accused, along with children. I wonder if anyone who was pointed at by the circle girls was immediately declared a witch if they wouldn't admit to it at their trial. It shocked me that Tituba openly admitted that she was a witch in front of the court, was she really? Is there such thing as a witch? And is a witch someone who follows the devil or someone who practices magic? Or both? It also shocked me that the court then let her go, why would they let a witch loose? It doesn't make sense that they would let the "witch" go but anyone who said they weren't a witch was killed. Did nobody ever question killing people due to the word of a couple of little girls? I also learned that the trials only lasted for about two years, I thought it was much longer. And if they acted so crazily due to some kind of poisoning, wouldn't other people in the area suffer from the same poisoning? And what do they mean by "if the markings of a witch were found on the body" what are markings of a witch? I wonder if the circle girls all had a pact to blame random people they didn't like. Why would they blame Sarah Nurse if she was such a "good person"? I wonder if Tituba's stories were real. Did she make things up or did she really believe in what she was saying? Or did the stories never exist? One question I have about the project itself is why are there some people that did six stories and others that only produced one article?


9:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have learned a lot from reading parts of the newspaper New World News. I learned a lot about Ann Puntnan who was a factor in the killing of most of the "witches". But I also learned that all the the "witches" stuff was a complete lie, but the people who still thought the world was flat didn't know that because they were so tuned into the church that they couldn't think for themselves.


9:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Phoebe, Doyle 3-4

In reading the New World News, I learned how the Salem witch trials actually started. I always thought it just happened not that girls started it by shouting nonsense. I never knew who Ann Putnam was and that if you don't want to be hanged you have to accuse some one else. I thought people could never get as suspicious as looking for a "devil's mark".
My Question is. How many paper did each person have to write?

10:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In the New World News, i learnt about how Ann Putnam Jr. never married, and had to raise her nine brothers and sisters, because her parents had died. i didn't realize how deadly the corn fungus was, and that it might have been the cause for the whole witch trials. I wonder why no one even thought that the girls might be lying. They were just kids, the youngest being nine, didn't the public realize that they might not be telling the whole truth, although because of the corn fungus they might have thought they were being possessed, why wouldnt they just stop after Tituba, Sarah Goode, and Sarah Osbourne?
Lauren O. Doyle 8/9

11:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I read the newspaper on the salem witch trials and all of the "black magic"and chaos going around. I didn't realy get the point on what information the are trying to achieve. One thing I liked about this article was the idea of interviewing other people and even teachers. the reason why I didn't realy understand the answers because the did not write down the questions. I learned that the people of Salem acually belived in "black magic." I also got to read about mysterius events going on in the people who were interviewed's life. I liked the fact that they compared the lives of the people who lived in Salem to our own. This news paper was realy well built and I would recommend it.
zach-period 3/4

11:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brynn, Doyle per. 8-9
In the daily pilgrim I learned that the salem witch trials were mostly built on people accusing each other. I really enjoyed the article about the corn fungus. Could this whole mss have been caused by it? I enjoyed reading the articles and think that the kids in that class did a very good job writing them in the short amount of time they had. I enjoyed reading the article about the first accused witch. I enjoyed how the article was written I though it was very informative. That article was one of my favorites as well as the article Bewitched or poisoned.

11:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I read the period 8/9 newspaper, the Daily Pilgrim.
I thought that the paper was good. The most interesting thing that I learned was about Giles Corey, the 80 year old man named a witch. He was crushed under rocks after two days. His last words were "More weight".
Another thing that I learned about was Cotton Mather, the son of Increase Mather. The real reason I found this interesting was because the project I did was about Increase. Cotton followed in his fathers' footsteps, becoming an ever more successful author (due in part to his fathers' fame) and a reverend.
Lastly, I learned about Corn Fungus, thought to be a cause of strange behavior in the accused girls that were supposedly bewitched, but nothing was ever proven.
My Question is about Giles Corey. It says that Corey never pleaded guilty, even when being crushed under rocks, because the government would confiscate his land, leaving his children in a bad situation. Why would they be allowed to take his land?

Sam Scruby, Period 8/9

11:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I learned that to help identify a “witch,” the examiners would look for a teat. I also learned that Bridget Bishop was a woman with a “flamboyant personality” that was condemned a witch and the first to die during the Salem Witch Trials. I also learned that Ann Putnam Jr. was the leader of the Circle girls, a group that would identify “witches” at the trials. Why did Sarah Good not confess so she could be free and take care of her daughter who needed her?

Maia,period 8-9

3:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Harry N. , Doyle 8/9

In the newspaper "The Daily Pilgrim", I read the article, "The first to get hanged". I found it interesting that at this time Bridget didn't even know what a witch was and she was being accused of practicing witchcraft but because her 2 husbands died she had to be sent to the Court of Oyer and Terminer. I was just wondering: Was Bridget the first to be accused and the first to be hung or was she just the first to be hung?
I also read "Black Magic Outbreak". I learned about the three different types of Black Magic:Fortune telling, Geomancy and Astrology and the four elements:behavior,objects, words and the quality of the speaker. I also learned that these accusations were happening in other Continents such as Europe and South America, although this was not related to the topic of Black Magic I found this fact very interesting and would like to know more.

6:08 PM  

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