NOTE: BEFORE YOU PURCHASE THIS PRODUCT, PLESE REVIEW THE SPECIAL PRICING OF THE CRUCIBLE BOARD GAME,WHICH INCLUDES THIS POWER POINT, ONE ON THE SALEM WITCH TRIALS AND A 79-PAGE INSTRUCTOR'S MANUAL ON HOW TO TEACH THE PLAY--all on the CD that comes with the Board Game!
This 53-slide Power Point Presentation on Arthur Miller's The Crucible is a comprehensive review of the play's historical and social contexts, major themes of scapegoating, mass-hysteria, lack of charity, and corruption of power, as well as biographical information on the author. Examines specific words' etymologies to help students understand key concepts. Character development as well as characters' motivations for their participation in the escalating hysteria discussed. Pointed, succinct, visually appealing, this power point presentation may be used in its entirety as a review or in sections as you guide students' reading of the play. New: hyperlinks including: Link to Duck and Cover, “a social guidance film produced in 1951 by the United States federal government's Civil Defense branch shortly after the Soviet Union began nuclear testing. Written by Raymond J. Mauer and directed by Anthony Rizzo of Archer Productions and made with the help of schoolchildren from New York City and Astoria, New York, it was shown in schools as the cornerstone of the government's "duck and cover" public awareness campaign. The movie states that nuclear war could happen at any time without warning, and U.S. citizens should keep this constantly in mind and be ever ready.” 9 minute 15 second film.
Link to YouTube excerpt from The Day After-- a made-for-television movie shown on ABC in 1983. The film generated much controversy, resulting in a televised Panel Discussion/Debate featuring political officials—Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, former Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara, retired US Air Force Lieutenant General Brent Scowcroft (who was the United States National Security Advisor for President Ford), scientist Carl Sagan (whose theories about “nuclear winter” were at the time largely dismissed as myth and speculation), et. al. The embedded YouTube website features the entire debate (almost two hours).
Link to the National Institute of Health Website’s article on “Conversion Disorder,” a psychological disorder characterized by medically inexplicable symptoms such as verbal and physical tics, spasms, pain, body contortions, etc. that some scholars have speculated may have been a factor in the Salem Witch Trials.
Link to Bon Appetit online article, “How a Bad Rye Crop Might have Caused the Salem Witch Trials,” which briefly explains the ergot (fungal) poisoning theory regarding the bizarre behavior of the Salem accusers.
Links to reputable online resources regarding Joseph McCarthy, Spectral Evidence, and other pertinent topics.