The Crucible, McCarthyism, and Salem Witch Trials Researched Speech Introduction

The Crucible, McCarthyism, and Salem Witch Trials Researched Speech Introduction
The Crucible, McCarthyism, and Salem Witch Trials Researched Speech Introduction
The Crucible, McCarthyism, and Salem Witch Trials Researched Speech Introduction
The Crucible, McCarthyism, and Salem Witch Trials Researched Speech Introduction
The Crucible, McCarthyism, and Salem Witch Trials Researched Speech Introduction
The Crucible, McCarthyism, and Salem Witch Trials Researched Speech Introduction
The Crucible, McCarthyism, and Salem Witch Trials Researched Speech Introduction
The Crucible, McCarthyism, and Salem Witch Trials Researched Speech Introduction
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This researched formal speech activity requires students to research The Second Red Scare and McCarthyism, take notes, outline, cite sources, and prepare and deliver a formal speech.

I use this as an introduction to our studying Arthur Miller's The Crucible in Honors English class.

The activity includes fundamental information about McCarthyism and a brief discussion of how Miller created The Crucible a play about Salem's witch trials as an allegory for America in the early 1950's.

Although I use this activity to introduce the play, it would also be very effective in the history classroom and could be followed with the movie The Crucible to show the similarities--false accusations and unjust punishment.

Included are 25 possible research topics from which students can choose.

Examples:

---The Cold War,

---Edward R Murrow,

---The Rosenbergs,

---J. Edgar Hoover.

Included is information on reading, researching, and citing information.

A speech outline template is provided.

There is general discussion on speech delivery: voice, eye contact, gestures, etc.

A grading rubric is provided.

Clear font.

A few appropriate graphics.

  • I would recommend this activity for a College Prep or Honors course.

Thank you for your consideration of this product. Lori

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