I absoultely ❤❤❤ The Crucible by Arthur Miller
! It is my favorite piece of literature to teach! Students love it too! That is why I have just included pre and post activities in this bundle. Once we start reading, my students don't want to stop until the end!
Pre-reading activities include:
❶ A history video viewing guide
that corresponds with Salem Witch Trials documentary from the History Channel with answer key.
❷ a handout where students determine which information is true, false, or simply opinionated
about the history of the Salem Witch Trials with answer key
❸ Research task cards
with topics pertaining to the history of the trials, and students research their particular topic, collaborate with others, and present findings to the class. It is important that students are familiar with the history of the trials before reading The Crucible play. This is a short task - not a long research lesson.
Post-reading activities include:
❹ A character brainstoring game
that acts as review for the play and scaffolding for an essay. This game requires students to move, think, collaborate, write, and evaluate
❹ Instructions for how to write an expository essay
❺ expository essay assignment
for grading expository essay
❼ Crucibles in Life competition
- links today's crucibles to those in Puritan times. Suggested answers included
❽ Creative conflict map
requiring students to think thoroughly and analytically. Examples included.
❾ Primary historical documents exploration
to complete an incident report where students go straight to the court documents of Salem. to look for charges, witnesses, and evidence. This is print and go ready with an instruction sheet for students and an incident report to complete.
❿ Hands-on plot activity
- students cut the events apart and put them in the correct acts in order of occurrence as review.
❶❶Visual literacy practice
- students look at political cartoons from McCarthy era
and determine their relevance to the Salem trials. An interactive discussion option is included.
❶❷A list of 6 of differentiated project choices with detailed instructions for each choice
These activities help students understand the events of the play while having fun, being creative, and thinking critically/analytically. Several of these are hands-on and require students to "think outside the box." There are so many activities to choose from that you won't have time for them all! You'll need to select those activites that fit your students' needs and abilities.
• The Crucible Review Game
• The Crucible Test
• The Crucible Quizzes - Acts 1, 2, 3, 4
• The Crucible Bundle
• "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God" Can Be Fun! Plus More Great Lessons!
• Puritan Poetry - "Huswifery" and "Upon the Burning of Our House"
• Salem Witch Trials Escape Room / Lock Box
• Salem Witch Trials Video Guide with Extension Activity
• Salem Witch Trials Primary Documents Exploration
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