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The Witch of Blackbird Pond

The following collection of thematically related readings is available in The Witch of Blackbird Pond and Related Readings in McDougal Littell's Literature Connections series.

Excerpt from Newbery Award Acceptance Speech by Elizabeth George Speare, © 1959
Summary: Speare explains how she came to write her second novel, The Witch of Blackbird Pond.

Letter from Massachusetts: 1688 by Seon Manley, © 1976
Summary: In a letter to her father, a young Irish immigrant relates the story of Goody Glover, an actual victim of the colonial New England witch hunts. This fact-based account is reconstructed from actual documents of the time.

"Alone" by Maya Angelou
(from Oh, Pray My Wings Are Gonna Fit Me Well, © 1975)
Summary: This poem reflects the philosophy that people must learn to work together and support each other because no one can get through life all alone.

"The Struggle to Be an All-American Girl" by Elizabeth Wong, © 1995
Summary: Wong recalls her early attempts to disassociate herself from her Chinese roots to fit in to American society and reflects upon the outcome of her decision.

The Choice by Dorothy Parker
(from The Portable Dorothy Parker, © 1926)
Summary: After reexamining the merits of two suitors, the speaker of this poem wonders whether it was wise to follow her heart in choosing a partner.

Pacer by Raymond F. Jones
(from Future Kin, © 1974)
Summary: A class of futuristic space cadets must decide whether to accept a member whom they suspect to be a robot known as the Pacer or to follow tradition and kill him.