This comprehensive unit, oriented around essential questions related to identity, community, individuality, and her mentality includes 198 pages of well-organized, editable resources for reading and analyzing Arthur Miller’s thought-provoking and ever timely play The Crucible. The detailed unit plan lists numerous supplemental texts students can explore to build background about the historical context of both the setting (17th century Massachusetts) and Miller’s historical motivations for writing (McCarthyism and blacklisting in the 1950s). Students will make connections between both time periods and be able to scrutinize their own communities through the lens of Miller’s compelling thematic preoccupations. The unit plan also includes weekly learning objectives derived from Common Core ELA standards and 37 highly adaptable lessons.
The entire bundle contains:
- Extensive background building activities (including a short jigsaw research project)
- Study guides for each Act of the play (with corresponding answer keys for teachers)
- Deeper Analysis Activities
- Viewing guide for the film Guilty by Suspicion (1991)
- Post-reading review packets for each Act (pair well with 1996 film of The Crucible)
- Short text-based analytical/argumentative writing tasks (can easily be expanded)
- Characterization and Costuming Project
- Final argumentative essay assignment, organizer, and rubric (4 prompts)
- 3 vocabulary sets: 30 words, organizers, context clues activities, practice questions, and quizzes
- PowerPoint of 392 slides to guide instruction
This is an accessible play into which students can really dive deep for analysis while at the same time having fun performing scenes. ELLs and students with other specific learning needs have been very successful with the scaffolds embedded into each of the lesson activities. I have so enjoyed watching students of diverse abilities get into the roles they adopt while reading in class. I hope yours enjoy it as much as mine have!
Links are included for supplemental materials available online.
To see how this unit fits into a yearlong curriculum oriented on the theme of identity, check out my 9th Grade English Full Year Curriculum Map:
9th Grade English Curriculum Map
Note: Please Preview Content. This text is accessible to middle school-aged children, but the content may be more appropriate for high school, as it contains discussion of sex and at times employs strong language. The screenplay for the 1996 film was written by Arthur Miller and pairs very well with the reading of the play, but please preview it as well, as it contains brief nudity in the opening scene, which is only alluded to in the play.