Materials:

Copies of "The Crucible, Act II," drawing paper, old magazines, pens, pencils, crayons, markers, scissors and glue.

Objectives:

  • Students will reflect and respond expressively to texts so that the audience will:
    • discover multiple perspectives.
    • consider cultural or historical significance.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to read and analyze and comprehend increasingly difficult texts by:
    • demonstrating comprehension of main idea and supporting details.
    • analyzing and evaluating the connection between characters
    • making connections between the world, self and other texts
Procedures:

1. Review the previous lesson.
 

2. Assign parts from "The Crucible, Act II" to students in your classroom. It is helpful to write the roles and the students' names on a board in front of the classroom for reference.

3. Ask students to read Act II aloud, monitoring for participation and comprehension. Students may complete study and character guides while reading, if necessary to maintain focus.

4. When students have finished reading Act II, ask them to choose a character to "sketch." Each student should have a character and there may be overlap. Distribute art supplies and ask students to create an image of their character, including symbols that represent him or her.

5. When students have completed the "sketch," ask them to write a one-page description of their character, responding to the following questions:

  • How old is your character?
  • Describe your character's family.
  • Do you think your character is wealthy? Poor? Has influence in the community?
  • If you met your character, what do you think you would discuss?
6. Ask students to present their characters to the class for discussion.

Evaluation:

Students participation can be monitored during class reading; the character "sketch" can be graded for completion and effort.

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