This is a complete 36-day unit on Arthur Miller's play The Crucible. The unit begins with the study of several poems that are linked to the play thematically and practice close reading with students as well as teach them several literary terms. Included are power point presentations, one for each day of the unit, that can be altered if you so desire, and used in your classroom to walk students through the day's lesson step by step. Each day's lesson begins with a "Do Now" activity followed most often by a brief discussion (many times a think, write, pair, share activity) and ends with a "Wrap Up" all of which you will find on each day's PowerPoint slides. The unit teaches students to close read, analyze the text, annotate, draw inferences, defend those inferences with the text, and to prepare throughout the reading of the play for the literary analysis essay at the end. There is an activator in every day's lesson throughout the reading of the poems and play to engage students and keep them interested in each lesson. This unit also includes a daily handout which I numbered with the DAY of the unit. Students keep these handout in a binder in chronological order to keep them accountable for each day's lesson. Also, I have included a "Unit Checklist" which lists all of the assignments students will do over the course of the unit, so they can keep track of what they have completed. Some assignments have nicknames such as RJ - short for Reader's Journals, but these are all listed on the unit checklist and can be changed to suit your purposes. The slides are tailored to my classroom, so you will find words like "stewards" - let me explain. I assign each small group of students a captain and a steward. Captains many times lead discussions or are responsible for certain tasks within the small groups. Stewards are responsible for the housekeeping tasks, as you will see they are often asked to get papers for their group members. You can edit this if you do not want to use it. All of the slides can be changed to your liking, but they provide a great basis for an in-depth study of the texts. I am also sorry if my slides refer to certain page numbers - our school uses the Prentice Hall literature anthologies, so those page numbers of the play refer to that book. If you are looking for a unit that meets many Common Core Standards, prepares students for writing a literary analysis essay, is properly scaffolded to meet all learners, and includes all handouts necessary, this is an all-in-one package that will make teaching The Crucible both easy for you and enjoyable for your students. In order to fully follow the unit, you will also need access to the film version of the play.
multiple handouts and power point presentations