Students really enjoy this culminating activity at the completion of
Arthur Miller’s play, The Crucible.
The project is a great way for kids to apply their understanding of the literature to real world events.
This activity focuses on the rigid ideology of the Puritans as portrayed in The Crucible and by the accusers during the McCarthy trials.
There is a brief discussion of the theme, “dangerous ideology."
There is a subsequent discussion of other times in history where we can observe ideology falling into corruption and tyranny.
The group project requires students to research people or events in history that illustrate rigid ideology becoming corrupt and tyrannical.
There is a list of 20 topics from which to choose:
1. Eugene Debs-WWI/Socialism/unions
2. Imperialism vs. Anti-Imperialism-Spanish/American War, 1898
3. Temperance Movement (18th Amendment)
4. Suffragists (19th Amendment)
5. Russian Revolution
6. WWII Dictators: Hitler/Mussolini/ Japan-Hirohito
10. Civil Rights-Malcolm X Black Panthers
11. 60’s Counterculture/Hippies
12. China-Human Rights
13. FDR-New Deal
16. Dalai Lama
17. Sacco/Vanzetti—1st Red Scare
18. Scopes Trial/Fundamentalism
19. Eugenics Movement
20. Cults: Jonestown, Charles Manson, Heaven’s Gate, WACO/David Koresh
Quite a diverse list for a diversity of students’ interests!
I provide a detailed scoring rubric.
There are also graphics and quotes about tyranny that relate to the historical topics, The Crucible and McCarthyism.
This is a wonderful activity for all levels of students.
I encourage students to present their information in creative ways.
Most create a slide presentation; however, I recently had a group present Eugenics with a game that “kicked people out of the gene pool.”
In the past students have shown clips from the Manson trials to illustrate the dangers of cults and played clips from Across the Universe to portray the hippy counter culture.
Students have videotaped their own portrayals of protests, conducted interviews with historical figures, and decorated the classroom with WW2 propaganda posters.
The possibilities are infinite.
My students always enjoy the research and organization process and viewing classmates’ presentations.
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---The Puritan Tabloid and a
---Researched Speech project titled "Induced Hysteria."
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