After reading Miller's play The Crucible, students read Hawthorne's "The Minister's Black Veil", a short story. As a culminating activity, students examine Billy Joel's song "The Stranger".
The focus of the lesson is to establish a central idea and identify the use of evil in "The Stranger", The Crucible, and "The Minister's Black Veil".
1. Listen to the song and ask students to follow along with the lyrics.
2. Assign students into groups: "The Stranger", The Crucible, "The Minister's Black Veil". (If the class is larger than 18, use small groups and assign two groups to each author.)
3. Each group must provide 3 ways in which the authors convey evil in their work by citing evidence. Ahead of the lyrics, I ask students to consider the message about wearing masks and hiding. (The number can be decreased to two if the class has six groups instead of three.)
4. Each group presents the work. (If there are six groups, present by author.)