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The Salem Witch Hysteria Specific purpose To inform my audience about the Salem witch trials Thesis Statement The Salem witch trials were a series of events that lead up to the hanging of 19 man and women in Salem Mass I Introduction- A - The year 1692 The place Salem Mass Imagine yourself a woman at home cooking dinner for your family You peer out the window and find your husband finishing up his days work in the field while your children frolic about as the sun sets behind them Or imagine yourself a man Wiping the sweat from your brow as you hurriedly finish up a long days work with anticipation of dinner with the family Now your at the dinner table across from your husband or wife You discuss the weather how the day went and the Reverends most recent Sunday sermon Suddenly theres a knock on your door Its the town magistrate with a warrant for your arrest You are charged with the crime of witchcraft examined then found guilty If you confess you spend a lifetime in prison If you maintain your innocence youre hung This is similar to a common scenario of what happened at the Salem witch trials B- The Salem witch trials were a series of events that eventually lead to the hanging of 19 men and women They took place in Salem Mass in the year 1692 C- Who were the accusers Who where the people being charged What were the out comes of the trials and why Lets start with how it all began II How did it all begin- A - Rev Samuel Parriss daughter Elizabeth age 9 and niece Abigail Williams age 11 had a slave that cared for them TITUBA B - Tituba tells story from native land C - Girls love stories and start playing with it Joined by other girls
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