This unit focuses on The Crucible by Arthur Miller. It includes detailed lesson plans, classroom activities, and links to study guides and other resources. This unit also includes a final journalism-based project in which students reflect on the time period and the issues surrounding the text.

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A complete character list for students to complete while reading or during research.
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This complete Study Guide, developed by Dawn Hogue, contains questions for each act, an additional character guide, and vocabulary lists..
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An additional study guide compiled by ArtsEDGE, an educational program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
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A list of questions to guide students in web-based research about The Salem Witch Trials of 1692 and The Crucible.
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Lesson 2: Act I

by Emily Boyle

In this lesson, students will read Act I and complete an exercise about the effects of accusations and gossip. This lesson should take two 90-minute class periods or four 50-minute class periods.
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Lesson 3: Act II

by Emily Boyle

In this lesson, students will read Act II of "The Crucible" and complete character sketches to demonstrate comprehension of the text. This lesson should take two 90-minute class periods or four 50-minute class periods.
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Lesson 4: Act III

by Emily Boyle

In this lesson, students will read Act III of "The Crucible" and, in groups, re-enact parts of the text in a modern dialect. This lesson should take two 90-minute class periods or four 50-minute class periods.
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Lesson 5: Act IV

by Emily Boyle

In this lesson, students will read "The Crucible, Act IV" and complete a news report to review the overall themes and events of the play.
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This project is addressed in Lesson 5 of this unit, but could be introduced earlier, depending on your classroom needs. During this project, students research modern forms of communication and consider how the events in "The Crucible" would be reported today. The attached project description is a guideline that could be re-worked to fit your schedule and class.
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