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Using Arthur Miller’s essay, “Tragedy and the Common Man,” and his play, The Crucible, students will review significant rhetorical devices and appeals. They will close read and annotate the text, interact with supporting video clips such as an expose on modern witch-hunting in India, listen to an NPR story on Arthur Miller, view a TED Talk on combating the use of fear for manipulation, view videos as resources for writing an AP Synthesis essay, and evaluate a synthesis writing prompt. Alternatively, there is a literary thematic prompt on deception. There is also an opportunity to write a rhetorical précis, or a SOAPSTone Analysis, as well as supporting material for teaching this reading strategy to your students.
Audio versions from the L.A. Theatre Works of The Crucible will be used. Links are provided to the audio version and the text of the play.
These four lessons prepare students for AP Language, and Literature exams as well as Common Core extended-response assessments, American Literature Course exams, the SAT and ACT essay and critical thinking activities.
A detailed rubric that can be used to score Socratic Seminars in a way that encourages organic fluid discussions is included. In the guide, there is a step by step explanation on how to conduct a fish-bowl discussion with the rubric. Students will be asked to synthesize an argument from articles from The New York Times Room for Debate series. The synthesis discussion will be helpful as the students will also write an essay based on the sources used for the discussion. Alternatively, there are Socratic Seminar prompts to prepare students for the AP Lit style thematic essay that appeared as the #3 essay prompt on the 2016 AP Lit exam.
The packet includes complete lessons, Common Core standards, and essential and key questions.
NEW IN 2018:
Reformatted and added many writing video links
More videos involving The Crucible
Alternative Socratic discussion and essay prompt
The new prompt is based on literature analysis of 2016 AP Lit prompt
Added viewing guide for video on the background of The Crucible
Added a lesson on the rhetorical situation in one scene of The Crucible
Added resources for teaching rhetorical situation
Added 55 question viewing guide for film/with answer key