Teacher Guide

The Crucible Lesson Plan

Study Objectives

If all of the elements of this lesson plan are employed, students will develop the following powers, skills, and understanding:

  1. 1

    Students will learn about the historical periods of both the Salem Witch Trails and McCarthyism, and gain an awareness of their similarities and differences.

  2. 2

    Students will become familiar with and gain an appreciation of dramatic literature as they learn about its form, functions, and limitations.

  3. 3

    Students will develop analytical writing skills: developing an argument about the text, finding concrete evidence to back up claims, clearly conveying ideas.

  4. 4

    Students will practice engaged, active, and discerning reading.

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