Miller’s themes of witch hunts, power, gender, romance, and lies make The Crucible a play that is especially timely today. Students will quickly realize how much this play speaks to questions and ideas that are central to their lives.
This sixty page guide to The Crucible has been honed over many years of teaching. It includes two weeks' worth of ready-to-go questions for every scene. It also includes instructions for using this guide with interactive notebooks, a quiz on each act, and a test on the whole play.
Every day’s lesson teaches a manageable portion of the play. The questions on the play encourage close reading and attention to details of the text.
The questions and assessment were created for a standard college prep level class—not an honors or AP level. No special knowledge is assumed at any point, and all of the reading is done in class. Because the themes of the play are somewhat mature, though, I would recommend teaching this to a junior or senior level class.
All of the answer keys quote the important passages, so there is no guessing on the part of the teacher as to which parts of the text are most important. When you discuss the questions with your classes, you can point them to the sections to make sure that they are engaging with the text and working to interpret the sometimes challenging language.
There are no lectures or power points here—students will do the work themselves, with guidance from their teacher. Rather than telling them what the play means, you will be empowering them with the confidence and skills to tackle a challenging play on their own.