This activity is taught to help students realize just how relevant Arthur Miller’s The Crucible really is!
There is a six slide PowerPoint with a handout that features the same information if you feel more comfortable giving out a handout.
Students need to understand that certain groups are being blamed for problems in American society, such blame is unfair and often prompted by fear and ignorance.
The same students who laughed at the Puritans’ ignorance will began to see the same behaviors within their own society!
In this activity, students are instructed to divide into groups to read and analyze an article based on a group that is singled out, judged, and bullied. Each group member will have a role within the group and a part to present to their classmates.
Students will begin to understand that The Crucible is more than just a play based on an historical event but was written to illuminate erroneous behavior that mimics the witch cry of a people gripped with terror whose only relief is to blame a group of individuals they either do not understand or will use as a scapegoat.
The English III MSL mandates that students read informational texts in conjunction to and with literature. This lesson will give students free rein to read, analyze, question, and present material to their classmates to educate one another on the absurdity of modern day witch hunts.
Students are able to practice reading skills as well as learn more about a topic that is becoming more and more necessary to understand as a means of prevention.
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