If all of the elements of this lesson plan are employed, students will develop the following powers, skills, and understanding:
Students will learn about the historical periods of both the Salem Witch Trails and McCarthyism, and gain an awareness of their similarities and differences.
Students will become familiar with and gain an appreciation of dramatic literature as they learn about its form, functions, and limitations.
Students will develop analytical writing skills: developing an argument about the text, finding concrete evidence to back up claims, clearly conveying ideas.
Students will practice engaged, active, and discerning reading.