Lesson Plan—Pre-Reading Activity for The Crucible by Arthur Miller
Provide students with an effective pre-reading activity for Arthur Miller's, The Crucible, by using this lesson plan. I recently had an administrative observation and evaluation with this and nailed it! This activity engages students, has them use their critical thinking skills and makes 1692, Puritan way of life, accessible. I have also included recommended documentaries (accessible via Youtube) and supplied the documentary flow sheet that students can fill out as they view!
Teachers will hit the following targets recommended by the Common Core, but to be honest, it is simply good teaching:
*Explores prior knowledge that is relevant to the text
*Sets a purpose for reading
*Contextualizes the text
*Provides context for possibly unknown topics or themes
*Builds students’ confidence to delve into complex text
* Engages and interests students
Objectives and Targets Met--
1. Activate prior knowledge of witchcraft and Puritan America
2. Engage students regarding witchcraft and Puritan America
3. Reveal misconceptions about witchcraft and the people who lived in Puritan America
4. Reveal key vocabulary
Reveal and Discuss important Essential Questions and Essential Vocabulary--
1. How do people behave differently in groups then they would when acting alone?
2. Why is the play entitled The Crucible?
3. According to the people of Salem, how do you define a witch?
4. When is it ok to witness injustice and say nothing?
5. Can mistakes of the past be reversed? Is redemption possible?
6. To what extent are people defined by the choices they make?
Purchase this opening activity individually or opt to buy the "Crucible Pack" which will contain this opening activity, acts 1-4 review and comprehension questions, an Inquiry Task, etc!