With 125 questions on the individual acts, 50 bellringer writing prompts, 5 different writing assignments, 2 quizzes, 1 test, 5 supplementary non-fiction and poetry texts with questions, and a guide to close reading with 7 passages for close reading, this complete unit is an effective, no-prep way to teach The Crucible by Arthur Miller.
Pick and choose from the extensive resources, or use them all. There is enough here for over one month
of rigorous but accessible reading, analysis, discussion, and writing on Arthur Miller’s powerful play.
is a play that has many interesting facets for a teacher. It’s about the Salem witch trials of the 17th century, and does a great job helping students understand the Puritan culture on which our nation was created.
On the other hand, the play was written during the time of the McCarthy trials, and so it speaks the events of the Second Red Scare in the 1940s and 1950s. Of course, “witch hunts” continue to this day, so the play is quite relevant to contemporary society and culture. For a classroom with any teenage girls in it, the play also speaks to the ways that girls who talk out or gain power beyond what society has deemed appropriate for them are often called “sluts” or taken down in other ways. For all these reasons and many more, I have found great success teaching this play to my high school classes.
There are no lectures or power points here—students will do the work themselves, with guidance from you. Rather than telling them what the play means, you will be empowering them with the confidence and skills to tackle challenging texts on their own.
All of the answer keys quote the important passages, so there is no guessing as to which parts of the text are most important.
When you discuss the questions with your classes, you can point them to the sections to make sure that they are engaging with the text and working to interpret the sometimes challenging language.
The following resources are included in this bundle, all at a discount when you buy them together:
The Crucible Literature Study Guide: Questions, Lesson Plans, & Worksheets
This resource is designed for students to read the play out loud in class or to read it on their own. The 125 questions here are divided into seven days of reading. I have taught the play using these questions and had great success. Extensive answer keys for every question means that you can teach the play without having to do much prep at all. You can view the full-priced version of this resource by clicking here
The Crucible Writing Prompts: Bellringers, Essays, and Group Creative Writing
This unique resource gives you five different ways to get your students writing and thinking about Arthur Miller’s powerful play. With 50 bellringer freewrite prompts, a guide to writing reading logs, a cooperative play project, an evidence based essay, and a comparative essay, students will get engaged and stay engaged in learning how to improve their writing skills. All assignments come with rubrics for easy grading. You can view the full-priced version of this resource by clicking here
The Crucible Teaching Resources: Supplementary Poetry & Non Fiction
This thematic unit on the Salem Witch Trials will engage your students to think about the bigger themes of colonial and Puritan America. From their world view to their religious beliefs to their daily life, the people of the early colonial period lived lives very different from those of contemporary Americans. The texts included in this unit will give students a glimpse into those lives. Three of the pieces included in this resource were written during the time period, and two are contemporary writing on the events of the witch trials in Salem. You can read more about this resource by clicking here
The Crucible Passages: Close Reading and Essay Test With Teacher Guide
With six selections for close reading, a guide to close reading, a handout for students to complete when they do a close reading, an extensive explanation of the first chosen passage, and an essay test with rubric and prompt based on four selected passages, this resource will teach your students to complete a close reading of a passage independently. Teaching students to complete a close reading of a literary passage is a great way to prepare them for the SAT or AP tests, and it is also a great way to get them to think critically about what they read. You can view the full-priced version of this resource by clicking here