Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William McKinley, and Me, Elizabeth Lesson Plan Aid

Author: E. L. Konigsburg

Subject: Lonely girl apprentices to girl posing as a witch

Setting: New York City; Connecticut, USA, contemporary

After moving to a new town with her family, 10-year-old Elizabeth meets Jennifer, who claims to be a witch. Jennifer persuades Elizabeth to be her apprentice and, as part of her training, Elizabeth must eat raw eggs and onions. The girls become close as they try to find a formula for a magical flying ointment. Eventually, they give up being witches and become simply friends.

Lexile Measure: 860L
Grade Level: 4
Genre: Fiction
Sub-Genre: Historical
Gender of Character: Girl

Introduction to Book Punch
Book Punch guides students through the steps of thinking and writing about well-known core literature. Students write paragraphs responding to interactive writing prompts. The program tutors students to develop ideas and organize their thinking about what they have read.


In the story, when Jennifer and Elizabeth meet, they are both dressed as Pilgrims for the school Halloween assembly. Jennifer's costume appears to be authentic. Elizabeth is wearing her cousin's hand-me-down. Write about a costume you would like to design and wear on Halloween.

Habits and appearance can tell us important things about someone. In the story, we meet the main characters in the first chapter. Write a paragraph describing what the reader knows about the main character, Elizabeth, by the end of the first chapter.
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