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With graphic organizers galore, learners will follow the changes of church and state in early colonial America. They look at the differences between the pilgrims and the puritans in terms of beliefs and life ways. Myths and misconceptions are also laid to rest. Could be a handy resource when discussion colonial life.
Students determine if the Puritans were selfish or selfless.  For this American history lesson, students read two Puritans documents, answer guiding questions on a worksheet, and use evidence from the documents to write whether the Puritans were selfish or selfless.
Learners examine the time in which the Puritans lived in colonial New England. In groups, they research the Puritans view on life and death and discuss as a class. They read gravestones, diaries and other primary sources to discover more about their daily life. To end the lesson, they research the way contangious diseases made their way into New England and the effect on the population of the Puritans.
Students write an essay comparing Arthur Mille's The Crucible and one of Tennessee Williams' plays. For this Tennessee Williams lesson, students discuss the influence of Puritanism on modern American drama. Lesson includes a vocabulary sheet, an information sheet, and a biography of Tennessee Williams.
In this Puritan England worksheet, learners read about the beliefs of the Puritans, then assume the identity of one of six Puritans being put on trial in a Puritan court (role playing).
In this Catholics and Puritans in Elizabethan England reading comprehension worksheet, students read a 1-page selection and then respond to 10 fill in the blank and short answer questions.
Eighth graders create a Venn Diagram to compare and contrast the Puritans and Separatists. They about The Mayflower Compact and write a short summary about the document. After creating a foldable, 8th graders list ways the native Americans assisted the Pilgrims and reasons the settlers and Native Americans had conflicts. Students discuss their notes and findings.
In this Puritans instructional activity, students read an information text about the laws in early New England colonies. Students write an essay about how the lives and laws of the Puritans helped to shape the United States.
A few vital statistics about the Mayflower, and a note here and there regarding Plymouth and the Massachusetts Bay Colony make this a good review tool. Leaners are given basic facts about Puritanism, Puritan theology, and the effects of the belief system as they venture into a new land. 
In this Puritan worksheet, students read a page that describes the ideals and living conditions of the Puritans. They look at an image of what the Puritans looked like. There are no questions associated with this page.
In this history instructional activity, students read a one page text with pictures about the culture, beliefs and history of the Puritans. There are no questions to answer.
Students describe the basic beliefs of the Puritan religion; identify the principle figures in the Salem Witch Trials;explain the events that led to the mass hysteria suffered by the town; analyze the First Amendment; and examine Nathaniel Hawthorne.
Explore Puritanism and Puritan values with your high schoolers. A general overview is provided, and Puritan laws, family life, plainness, and temptation are all covered. Pictures and an occassional cartoon keep the presentation interesting, but you might want to edit the comments in blue and green; they are somewhat awkward. 
Puritans, their origins, their beliefs, and values are the subject of a presentation that could be used to introduce viewers to early American history or literature. The PowerPoint could also serve as a model for group projects and would afford class members an opportunity to safely critique a presentation.
Now your class can discuss Calvinism and Puritans like true academic. How, you ask? Because they've heard a lecture based on the presentation you've just found. Containing informational text, each slide gives basic differences between the two main factions of early colonial settlers in regard to beliefs and doctrines. 
A thorough exploration of the Puritan Migration and settlement of Plymouth, this presentation is sure to engage your young historians with its clear maps and historical documents. The presentation differentiates the philosophies of Puritanism, Separatism, and how they came together over the planks of the Mayflower. Additionally, the presentation addresses the dynamics between the Pilgrims and the local Native American tribes, including a discussion on the First Thanksgiving.
Students describe some of the important elements of life in Puritan New England. They create a timeline of the events of the Salem Witch Trials. They work in groups to explore the concept of multiple interpretations of history.
Students study Puritan literature by studying daily life in a Puritan colony prior to beginning this unit of lessons. They read the Scarlett Letter and participate in literature activities while completing the unit.
For this Puritanism worksheet, learners read a 1-page selection about Anne Hutchinson and then respond to 5 short answer questions about the selection.
Some good ideas could help you plan out a unit on Arthur Miller's The Crucible. After analyzing Puritan lifestyles and specifics of witchcraft and witch hunts, young learners complete mini research projects. The plan offers some good suggestions but no resources, so you will need to find various articles and videos yourself.