The Crucible: Anticipation "Guide" Activity, Door Entry Cards, Bell Ringer

The Crucible: Anticipation "Guide" Activity, Door Entry Cards, Bell Ringer
The Crucible: Anticipation "Guide" Activity, Door Entry Cards, Bell Ringer
The Crucible: Anticipation "Guide" Activity, Door Entry Cards, Bell Ringer
The Crucible: Anticipation "Guide" Activity, Door Entry Cards, Bell Ringer
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This anticipation activity is great for the beginning of a Salem Witch Trials or Crucible unit. It is a quick exercise that will peak student interest immediately. I would print this document on card stock and cut out the lower part to pass out to students and later collect back. The top portion of the document is for teacher reference.

On the day you want to do this activity, greet your students at the door as they come into class. (I usually put the small cards into a bowl or bag.) Tell students to take one and keep it at their desk. Remind them not to crumple it or throw it away since you'll want to re-collect and re-use them. As students take one, they'll want to know "What does it mean?!" Right away, you'll have interest. Once class begins and every student has one, use the information at the top of the document to inform students what their "Fate" would be if they were living in Salem during the witch trials.

It's a bit comical because the cards have smiley emoji's and thumbs up which give the false impression of a positive outcome. (This is not the case.) Consequently, you'll get the students "ooooohhhh"ing and "ahhh"ing at their fates. I usually repeat this activity several times throughout the unit. It takes less than 5 minutes. The students love it. And they'll forget quickly if you only do it the first day. But as they become familiar with the history and The Crucible and Giles Corey, they'll become more affected by the brutality of it all and how many people died unnecessarily.

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