Need a complete unit on The Crucible that you can use to engage your classes in Arthur Miller’s fascinating play by tomorrow?
Included in this resource are questions for close reading and discussion on all four acts of the play, extensive answer keys for those questions, as well as a quiz on each act, and a test on the play as a whole.
Get your students analyzing, digging deep, and comprehending The Crucible
with these ready-to-go handouts.
When you teach The Crucible with this resource you will:
• have ready-to-go handouts for the entire play
• push your students to grapple with the text independently
• help your students to understand why this seminal text is relevant to their lives today
• have extensive answer keys
including all of the important quotes so that you can point students towards the essential passages
• watch your students enjoy their experience of this compelling story
• give your students the tools they need to strengthen their close reading and critical thinking skills
I have taught The Crucible
to students who don’t like reading, don’t like literature, and don’t have much experience acting—and by teaching it the way that I outline here, my students and I really enjoyed the experience. If you are teaching to more advanced classes, they will be able to work through the questions faster and more independently, but they will still benefit from the kind of close attention to detail that these questions require.
The Crucible 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.
The following resources are included in this bundle, all at a discount when you buy them together:
The Crucible Act 1 Questions and Answers: Worksheets | Quiz | No Prep
(normally priced at $6.97)
The Crucible Act 2 Questions and Answers: Worksheets | Quiz | No Prep
(normally priced at $2.97)
The Crucible Act 3 Questions and Answers: Worksheets | Quiz | No Prep
(normally priced at $5.97)
The Crucible Act 4 Questions and Answers: Worksheets | Quiz | No Prep
(normally priced at $2.97)
There are no lectures or power points here—students will do the work themselves, with guidance from their teacher. Rather than telling them what the play means, you will be empowering them with the confidence and skills to tackle a challenging pieces on their own.