The Crucible Bellringers | The Crucible Activities | Crucible Writing Prompts

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9th - 12th, Homeschool
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Want to get your students writing better, thinking deeper, and analyzing the bigger ideas and themes of the play?

The prompts, guides, handouts, rubrics, and suggestions here are all proven to work based on sixteen years of teaching writing to all levels of high school. It’s not easy to take students through a writing assignment or to get them to improve their skills, but with the right tools, it can be done. With everything from reading response handouts to engaging bell ringers, from literary analysis essays to a cooperative group play project, this resource has everything you need to get your classes writing about Arthur Miller's classic play.

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First, I have included 50 bellringer prompts. You'll love starting each class with a quick five-minute freewrite. It’s a great way to get students focused and thinking about the themes of the day. From creative writing ideas, to questions that will get your students thinking, there is plenty here.

The second kind of writing included here is reading responses. These are also a kind of write-to-learn assignment. You will have two ways of breaking down this writing for students. With the practical guide included here, your students will be writing independently on the play in no time.

The third element in this resource is a cooperative group play project. The goal for this assignment is for students to understand the limitations of a play (little narrative, limited set options, etc.) as well as the advantages of of the play format (direct engagement with the audience, emphasis on the characters, etc.). You will see that this writing assignment also helps a great deal with their understanding of The Crucible. Handouts to get students thinking about themes, and a rubric to grade their performances will take you through this project with ease.

The fourth option for a writing assignment tasks students with taking one or more of the idea-based prompts from the bellringers and turning it into an text-based literary analysis essay. You will appreciate the step-by-step instructions for that assignment as well. This is a more challenging assignment than the others, but if students are taken through it step by step, they should find success with their writing. This essay is one that students should complete after reading the play.

The fifth option for writing a piece based on the ideas and themes of the play is a comparative essay. Your students will complete this assignment over two class periods—with one day to complete the graphic organizer and one to write the essay. In order to complete this assignment, they’ll have to read other texts that they can compare with the themes of the play.

Table of Contents


Freewriting: A Guide for Students

Bellringer Prompts

Group Play Project

The Crucible Quote-Based Essay Assignment

Notes for Literary Analysis Papers

How to Revise an Essay Draft

Comparative In-Class Essay

Graphic Organizer for Essay

The prompts, guides, handouts, rubrics, and suggestions here are based on sixteen years of teaching writing to all levels of high school. It’s not easy to take students through a writing assignment or to get them to improve their skills, but with the right tools, it can be done.

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33 pages
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.
Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, focusing on addressing what is most significant for a specific purpose and audience.
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences.


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