Let your students research their way to a better understanding of The Crucible
by Arthur Miller. This is an awesome activity to expose students to the larger context of the play and build the background knowledge necessary to understand the play.
My students enjoyed the freedom to choose their own questions from the five categories of background information--Arthur Miller, Literary Terminology, Witchcraft, Colonial America, and the Red Scare. They learned so much more than required by the questions because of the wide-reading they had to do to find the answers, which range from low-level knowledge tasks to higher order synthesis, evaluation, and creation. The activity allows students to practice their research skills, including note-taking, summarizing, and using the MLA format to document sources.
I updated the lesson in August 2014 to make it fully editable. You can easily customize the assignment to meet your needs. It is a PowerPoint document, but it prints on regular paper just like any other document--the PowerPoint format just makes it easier to manipulate text and graphics without affecting other parts of the lesson! I also added a list of the CCSS addressed in this lesson to make documentation a little easier!
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I just added a new set of Crucible activities! Check them out:
Before, During, and After Reading Activities for The Crucible