The Crucible Pre-Reading Research Activity

The Crucible Pre-Reading Research Activity
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I like using this lesson before students begin reading Arthur Miller's The Crucible. I feel that it gives them some much-needed context and background information on the time period, on Arthur Miller himself, on The Red Scare, on The Crucible as a metaphor, and on the Puritan mindset. This activity also requires students to think critically by examining a list of Puritan ethics and determining which ethics still apply to mainstream society and which ones no longer apply or have degenerated greatly throughout the years. Students must provide a justification for their assertions, including examples for support. This assignment may be completed independently, or you may choose to have students work together. I often use this activity in conjunction with my video lesson entitled "In Search of History: Salem Witch Trials," which may be purchased from my TpT store.
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