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Why teach The Crucible? Arthur Miller's drama set during the Salem Witch Trials is not a good representation of the Puritan experience. It was designed as an extended allegory to the McCarthyism of the mid-twenty century American and in particular the "witch hunt" against journalists and entertainers. This relationship is easily stated and not especially clear in the text. There is evidence that the play was was not originally designed to be performed but rather read. The Romance angle, despite some steamy scenes in the movie, is minor and far from essential to the plot except as a rational for Abigail's hatred. It reeks passage of Miller and Marilyn Monroe's 1951 affair and presages his eventual divorce from his first wife, Mary Slattery. The political hysteria and the speed of presentation is closer in touch with the 1741 Slave Rebellion in New York City (Miller's geographic locus). The religious dialogue is stilted and not particularly enjoyable.

So why teach this play? More for its lacking and connections than for its merit. The position of the play can fit either second major work and have connection to US History with the colonial and post colonial era or in the Spring and connect to McCarthyism and the Red Scare. The focus studies on Connections, Choices, Justice and Supernatural play well into connected works. This drama can be positioned in either Fall or Spring semesters surrounded by Gatsby or Frome and paired by Fences or Hamlet . Its poetry connections merge well with Colonial Poetry (Bradstreet and                                                                                                     Wheatley) or Jazz Age and Post War materials.
Calendar of Lessons by section

Section 2 6 7 X (AP)
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Units

Test Taking Strategies
     Finding Literary Elements

Notebook  /  Portfolio / Google Docs
   Sample Notes
    10-15 Short Pieces 
    Essay
    Electronic Research Notes
   
Research Skills
  

Literary Elements
   
    
AP Enrichment
   
    
Assessments

Justice Essay
2 Student Presentations
10-15 Portfolio Boxes
Perfect Notes
Project II (III) Research Notes
Exit Comp

Materials

Visuals
1. Webpage
2. Poster Notes
3. Student Work
4..Smart Boards Images
5. Slide show "The Crucible"

Music
   
Other Materials
    Good Night and Good Luck
   
Adaptations (input/Order)

Study Guides


  Station Teaching for Segment x 
   Robert -->     
    Bill --> 
    Teressa --> 

  Standard
    Extended Time on Assignments
    One on One 
    Push in
    Multiple Dictionaries
    SETSS
    LEP interactions when needed
    After School Tutoring (Bill-Thursdays)
    E-Mail Access 
    (Teressa on 7 Day; Bill and Robert: School Days)
    Castle Learning 

    Specific
    AP Class Alternate Lessons
    ICT Class Alternate Lessons




   
Arching Questions

Why read The Crucible? Does the allegory between the 1950's and 1690's work? What is justice? Is honor present in today's society? Would you place doing what is right over your safety? Why does an author's choices change the effect of a story? Does Miller communicate his point(s) effectively? Why is the play called The Crucible


Key Questions 
How are the Salem witch hunts of 1692 similar to / different from the mass hysteria of the 1500's. 1740's and1950's? Can you compare an example of mass hysteria that has happened in your lifetime?  What is a witch? Where does our 'Halloween Witch' come from? Are Witches real? What would change if Miller chose the 1741 Slave Revolt in NY?  How does the allegory work between the Red Scare and the Witch Hunt? Is this metaphor still valid today?
What is Tituba's role? What is a crucible? What was life like in colonial Salem? Why might John need a new wife?

Focus: Connections, Choices, Justice, Supernatural

11 Lesson with various segments  
    
  1. Anticipation Guide (1 lesson)
  2. Introduction (2 lessons) Group Readings 
    1. Young Goodman Brown
    2. The Nurse's Tale from Ingoldby (see doc)
    3. Wiccan and Witches
    4. Why I wrote the Crucible (see doc)
    5. 1741 Slave Rebellion (see doc)
    6. Malleus Maleficarum
    7. Anne Bradstreet and Phyllis Wheatley Poems (see American Poetry PDF)
    8. Islam in the 2016 presidential race.
    9. Flushing Remonstrance
    10. Letters of William Phips
  3. Readings Acts and Sequences (preferable student taught)
    1. Lesson -2 to 2 * Act I
    2. Lesson 3 to 4 * Act II
    3. Lesson 5 to 7 * Act III
    4. Lesson 8 to 9 * Act IV / Epilogue
  4. Supplemental Materials (alt Pres 2)
    1. Communism, Socialism, Capitalism (see doc)
    2. The Red Scare
    3. Biography: Joeseph McCarthy, Edward R. Murrow; Arthur Miller, Annie Lee Moss, Milo Radulovich, Marilyn Monroe.
    4. Good Night and Good Luck (preview)
    5. "I'll get you my pretty" - WoO clip
    6. She's a Witch! The Holy Grail (see MP4)
    7. "Salem Witch Trials", In Our Time (audio)
    8. "Witch Craft in Reformation Europe", In Our Time (audio)
    9. Visitors Guide to Historical Salem

Segment Sequences (most  = 1 lesson)

-2 Anticipation Guide
-1 Introduction / Group Reads Non-Fiction
0  Presentation of Reads (Pres 1)
1  Girls Night Out (What were the girls         caught doing?)*
2  What in a job: Pastor, Framer, Land         Owner*
3  What's love got to do with it? (The Love     Triangle Abigail, John, Elizabeth)*
4  Devils in the ceiling *
5  Mass Hysteria - 3 cases *
6  What's love got to do with it? (II -         John's way out)*
7. The Fight among the Reverends*
8. The Rob Story: What is Justice?*
9. What's in a name?*
10.Endgame: Historical Salem *
11.Post Exposition/Exit Comp

    * If student taught presentations



   

Planning Board


Segment v 

Segment w  

Segment x  

Prior Units
    Hamlet


Prior Genre Unit: Glass Castles
    5-7 Lessons
    Frontload/Anticipation --> Social Issues
    Robert will design ~ lesson 4 * Restorative Circle
    Exit Comp * Social Issues presentation

Prior Unit AP
    AP Prep

Next Units
    American Poetry
    College Letter
    Possibly Ethan Frome
    
Extension Reading 

Hawthorne The Scarlet Letter / Ministers Black Vale, Shakespeare-the Tempest, Jonathan Edwards' - Sermon: Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God. James Fenimore Cooper - The Last of the Mohicans: A Narrative of 1757 

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