In Honor of Halloween
Deadline: Monday, November 5, 2012 by 08:00

Since witches have been the theme of our Halloween festivities for October 2012, this blog post is in connection to the symbolism behind a witch's wardrobe and appearance.

Please read the directions below carefully before you post on this week's blog.

1. The paragraphs below all connect to the secret symbolism of a witch's wardrobe and appearance.  Write the missing word in regards to an item or appearance of a witch in the blog post. (See my example post for assistance).

2. All boldfaced words are vocabulary words. Write a short definition or synonym for each word on the blog post. 

3. Can you find where I found this information? Do a search online for the article and post the following information on the blog:

  • The title of the article
  • The author of the article
  • The weblink to the article

4. Finally, write what you thought about the article and the research behind the symbolism behind a witch's wardrobe and appearance. (For example: What was the most interesting fact from the article? Did you know any of this information before? Is there a part of the article worth researching further?)

Item number one: WITCH  __ __ __ __
Some of the earliest images of witches feature them wearing brimless, cone-shaped __ __ __ __, similar to the __ __ __ __ we associate with wizards today. In pagan societies, these __ __ __ __ were reserved for shamen, who were spiritual leaders or healers who used natural herbs to cure disease. Witches were valuable members of pagan communities, because they knew a great deal about the Earth and how to use its resources.

During the Victorian era, illustrations in children's books added a brim to the witch's __ __ __ . These                 __ __ __ __ were often used to identify evil characters and the __ __ __ __ quickly became a symbol of a wicked witch.

Item number two: WITCH  __ __ __ __ __ __

In medieval Europe, everyone owned a __ __ __ __ __ to keep their home clean. __ __ __ __ __ __ weren't associated with witchraft until 1453, when a Frenchman, Guillaume Edelin, confessed under torture that he had made a pact with the Devil that allowed him to fly around on his __ __ __ __ __. During a wave of witch hysteria, investigators would torture alleged witches and try to get them to confess to flying on
__ __ __ __ __ __. Some did, no doubt to escape the torture, adding the __ __ __ __ __ to the witch legend.

Wiccans, who are modern witches, use __ __ __ __ __ __ in some ceremonies to represent the air element. A Wiccan __ __ __ __ __, known as a besom, is a rounded __ __ __ __ __ made with twigs rather than straw. Sweeping with the besom removes negative energy from a room.

Item number three: WITCH __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __

The __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ is a symbol of fertility in many non-Christian faiths, including European pagan religions and some African religions. It's also a practical object that can be used to create potions.

The association of __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __with witches stems largely from William Shakespeare's Macbeth, which opens with a trio of witches creating a mysterious potion in a __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __. Although much of Shakespeare's view of witches was intended only for dramatic effect, it became the popular image of witches during the Elizabethan era.

Witch's appearance:  __ __ __ __ __  and  __ __ __ __ __    __ __ __ __

From the beginning, literature portrayed witches as shriveled, ancient hags filled with superstition and anger at the world. Some writers describe witches as near-skeletal, with leathery skin pulled tight over their bones.    __ __ __ __ __ were a common affliction in the Middle Ages, but many people still saw them as evidence of disease or unclean living. As with witch hats, Victorian-era illustrators would use __ __ __ __ __ to represent evil people.

It's interesting to note that the Malleus Maleficarum, a handbook for the detection and prosecution of witches published in 1487, explains that witches aren't all elderly, haglike or covered with __ __ __ __ __ . Beautiful young women are among the most dangerous witches in this book, because they can lure men to their doom.

The idea of witches with __ __ __ __ __   __ __ __ __ doesn't take hold until the 20th century. The first         __ __ __ __ __-__ __ __ __ __ __ __ witch appears in the film version of The Wizard of Oz, even though the original book never describes The Wicked Witch of the West with __ __ __ __ __   __ __ __ __ . This was most likely a decision made by the filmmakers to show off the potential of brand-new color film.

The color __ __ __ __ __ has been associated with witches since the time of the Ancient Celts. In Celtic tradition, __ __ __ __ __ is the color of the fairies, with whom witches shared a strong association. Witches were depicted wearing __ __ __ __ __ as a symbol of their otherworldly nature.

Bonus House Point Challenge

For those who would like a House point challenge worth 1oo points, can you find the answers to the questions below regarding the world's largest pumpkin? Please write your answers on this week's blog post.

Thank you, Elliott, for providing the questions for this House point challenge!

1. What is the weight of the world's largest pumpkin as of October 2012?
2. In which state was the world's biggest pumpkin grown in the United States?
3. Who is the owner of the world's biggest pumpkin?
Find a picture of the pumpkin and the owner online and post the weblink on the blog post.

Mr. Hendricks
1/11/2012 04:45:49

Example of how your answers should be on this blog post:

Item number one: WITCH __ __ __ __
Item number two: WITCH __ __ __ __ __ __
Item number three: WITCH __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __
Witch's appearance: __ __ __ __ __ and __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __

Vocabulary words from this article

Article information
The title of the article: _____________________
The author of the article: _____________________
The weblink to the article: _____________________

Sample comments about article
What I liked about this article was....
I did not know that ...
I would like to know more about...

1/11/2012 22:33:41

1. Hats
2. Brooms
3. Cauldrons
4. Warts and Green skin

Vocabulary words:
Brimless: A hat without the projecting edge around the the bottom of a hat.
Pagan: A person holding religious belief other than those of the main world religion.
Pact: A formal agreement between individuals or parties.
Torture: The action or practise of inflicting severe pain on someone as a punishment or in order to force them to do or say something.
Alleged: Said without proof to have taken place or to have a specified illegal or undesirable quality.
Twigs: A slender woody shoot growing from a branch or stem of a tree or shrub.
Straw: Dried stalks of grain used especially as a fodder or as material for thatching packing or weaving.
Potions: A liquid with healing, magical or poisonous properties.
Macbeth: King of Scotland 1005-1057, Shakespeare wrote tradgedy Macbeth.
Shriveled: Wrinkled ans shrunken, especially as a result of loss of moisture or old age.
Hags: A witch, an ugly old woman.
Skeletol: Looks like a skeleton.
Elderly: Old or ageing.
Doom: Death, destruction or some other terrible fate.
Celts: Prehistoric stone or metal implement with a bevelled cutting edge, probably used as a tool or weapon.
Fairer: Treating people equally without favouritism.
Hysteria: Exagerated or uncontrollable emotion or excitement.

The title of the Article "The secret Symbolism of a Witch's Wardrobe"

The Author of the Article Derek Gerry

The weblink

Biggest pumpkin 2012 - weighed 2,009 lbs
owned by Ron Wallace of Rhode Island

I like this article because it is informative, but it is rather over simplified and slightly repetitive. A little more information about clothes and symbolism through the ages would be good.

2/11/2012 19:39:25

Witch's apperance: Warts and green skin
Vocabulary words
brimless: the projecting rim of a hat
pagan: a follower of a polytheistic religion
torture: hurt
pact: agreement
hysteria: a psychoneurosis marked by emotional excitability
alleged: asserted to be true or to exist
twigs: branch
straw: hay
potions: tonic
Macbeth: king of Scotland (1040–57)
shriveled: to draw into wrinkles
hags: biddy
skeletal: scrawny
elderly: in old age
doom: disaster
Celts: cornish
The title of the Article is "The secret Symbolism of a Witch's Wardrobe"
Author of the Article Derek Gerry
The weblink is

3/11/2012 03:45:00

Yo Julia, you forgot to write about what you liked form the article, what you never knew until you read this article and what you would like to know more about !!!!!

4/11/2012 03:54:06

Item number one: witch hats
Item number two: witch brooms
Item number three: witch cauldrons
Witch's appearance: warts and green skin

4/11/2012 04:44:38

4.warts and green skin
sorry other I don't know or I don't have time

8/11/2012 03:24:44

That is no excuse it takes 20 - 30 minutes !! You are just being Lazy !! Come on enthusiasm guys !

Nacho Paramio
5/11/2012 03:33:46

4.Warts and green skin.

Vocabulary words from this article

brimless:The upper rim of a vessel.
pagan: Nonreligious
torture: Severe physical pain inflicted on someone with different methods
pact: Treaty between two parties who agree to comply with the povision
hysteria: Temporary state of nervous excitemt
alleged: Said of one who is considered an offender
twigs: Kindling
straw: Small stick
potions: Liquid compound that is drounk
shriveled: Is not this smooth folds
hags: Woman who have a pact with the devil
skeletal: Skinny
elderly: Very old person
doom: Evil demon
fiareis: Fantastic beings that are representes in the from of woman

The title of the Article: Witch article renaissance magazine
The Author of the Article: Sir Stephan of wada`s Hill
The weblink is:

5/11/2012 13:56:15

Brimless - the upper border of something hollow
Pagan - Polytheist
Torture - to have the intention of inflicting pain on someone, without killing them
Pact : an agreement
Hysteria - an unmanageable outburst of any type of emotion
Alleged - something declared or stated
Twigs - a small piece of wood or branch
Straw - a single stem or stalk
Potions - a combination of ingredients that are used to make something
Macbeth - a tragedy or a King of Scotland
Shriveled - to contract and wrinkle
Hags - Ugly old women that are harsh and mean
Skeletal - bones by themselves or their outline
Elderly - People older than you
Doom - a horrible fate
Celts - an axe of metal or something sharp
Fairies - small supernatural people that have wings

8/11/2012 03:26:07

Well done, sorry I didn't see it !! Could of been more orangized though ! But at least you did it ! You forgot the comments about article !


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