Take a peep at my prep-free lesson on logical fallacies using Arthur Miller’s The Crucible!
Ilove teaching the Crucible! This play is my students’ absolute favorite!
Often, students are confused as to how the Puritans in the play come to certain conclusions. For example, why are they so willing to put poor Sarah Good in prison simply because she does not know her commandments?
I dread when students claim that the characters are foolish! They are not! Not only are they products of their religion but they use faulty logic just like everyone does, even my students! When I explain this to my kids they don’t believe me! So…….!
To help them understand faulty logic, I explain about logical fallacies. The following logical fallacies will be explained during the lesson:
♦Affirming the Consquent
After introducing the definition of the fallacy, I provide an example with pictures to further their understanding. We usually have a lively discussion as they realize they too often fall into the trap of making logical fallacies!
The PowerPoint consists of 24 slides. An assignment is given for the students to complete; however, I included the answers as well so this lesson is prep free!
Afterwards students can be assigned homework that can be presented the next day.
Please, understand that the play only has specified Acts thus there are no scenes. If you have the text book then you can find the quote using the page numbers provided.
If you do not have the text book, the quotes can still be easily found using the specified Act.
If you want, students can be paired for the assignment or assigned to complete it in groups. Either way, students will have fun finally understanding why the Puritans believe so strongly in what seems rather absurd to them.