Arthur Miller’s The Crucible is a complex and powerful work with many characters and ideas. These SmartBoard notes help students understand the play in many ways:
• Ensuring basic plot and character understanding
• Adding relevant cultural context to the time of the Puritans
• Challenging students to make inferences
• Encouraging students to use text to support their ideas
On many slides, a key question, whether plot point, character motivation, or thematic inquiry, is posed, and a quote from the text is minimized, allowing for the students to first share their own responses, and then for the instructor to share a supporting passage from the text.
Students respond to The Crucible with passion, outrage, and appreciation. These discussion points will contribute to listening and speaking skills in your classroom.