This unit plan includes a number of activities and handouts that reveals many significant aspects of Arthur Miller's play, The Crucible. Find daily activities that thread multiple days of lesson plans together.
I was recently observed during the Pre-Reading Lesson Plan and it went over wonderfully. The students enjoyed themselves and became much more enlightened to the Puritan way of life. After we spent about 45 minutes on the activity we transitioned into watching a short documentary. My school happens to have it on DVD but I found a youtube version for your sake of ease. The documentary fill-in sheet keeps students actively engaged to the important points made by worthy scholars.
The Inquiry Task is rigorous but can be broken down and scaffolded multiple days to reinforce understanding of key vocabulary and provoking concepts.
Overall, this packet will provide hours and hours of resources that you can depend on for your classroom and lesson planning.
Table of Contents
1. Pre-Reading Activity
a) Essential Questions
b) Essential Vocabulary
e) Writing Prompt
2. Inquiry Task—Interdisciplinary Connections
a) Prewrite, Discussion and Hypothesis Questions centered on conformity
b) Questions on the reading of Jackson’s “The Lottery”(Source A)
c) Questions about criticism of “The Lottery” (Source B)
d) Three cartoons that focus on McCarthyism and questions (Source C, D, E)
e) Miller’s Essay, “Why I Wrote The Crucible: An Artist’s Answer to Politics” discussion questions (Source F)
f) Extending to Today; relevant topics that we see in present day (Source G)
g) The Crucible Connection
h) “The Lottery”
i) Criticism of “The Lottery”
j) “Why I Wrote The Crucible: An Artist’s Answer to Politics”
3. Comprehension questions for acts I-IV
4. Poetry Connections
a) Dunbar’s “We Wear the Mask”
b) Red Delicious, “Bring You Down”