This is a 56 page lesson plan for The Crucible written, tested, and approved by working classroom teachers. The main components of this plan are the following:
-An in-depth introductory lecture
-Chapter-by-chapter study questions
-A multiple-choice test
The plan is divided into a teacher and a student edition. The teacher edition provides complete answer keys.
Excerpt from introductory lecture:
"As the play opens, several young girls in strictly Puritanical Salem, Massachusetts, have gone into the woods the previous night to dance and make mischief. Their seemingly benign activities rapidly spiral into rumors of witchcraft. To clear their names and avoid punishment, the girls confess to consorting with the Devil and agree to reveal the names of others who have been in league with Him, also. A court is set up in town, and the girls suddenly have the authority to accuse anyone against whom they hold a personal grudge. Giddy with power, they condemn many innocents to death. The only way for the victims to save themselves is to name others as witches. Individuals who attempt to stop the madness find themselves accused, as well. The court refuses to seriously consider any charges that the girls are frauds, as this would cast doubt on the credibility of the judges themselves. The entire social order begins to disintegrate, and the fury only begins to subside when two of the accusers run away."