Do you need a better way to get students ready to read The Crucible? Try this three-exercise workout.
Suggestions for Use:
To prepare students for the archaic dialogue and dense descriptions in Act I, use the first slide to activate prior knowledge. Pronounce the words for the students and ask them to complete the first organizer, the Vocabulary Spectrum. Students could then circulate and give one/get one with peers who need or have a definition.
Use the second slide for direct instruction. Discuss the definitions with the class and use the words in sentences. Help students make connections with modern-day uses of the words. After students have written down three predictions, have them write those predictions on note cards, a piece of newsprint, or a board you don’t need to erase. As the class reads the play, check off or cross out predictions.
Solidify their understanding with the third slide. Print as many copies as you need and laminate if you wish. Cut the nine pieces apart and clip or place in an envelope. Give pairs or individuals this context clue puzzle to solve. The challenging part of the exercise is the presence of peripheral sentences and words that have no partners! This activity could be use as a review or even a mini assessment.
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