The Crucible is a 20th century drama from the pen of Arthur Miller, a master dramatist. It is set in Salem Massachusetts during the year 1692. This corresponds to the Salem witch trails. These trials are discussed in this Newsweek article called “The Lessons of Salem”. This play is widely considered to be an allegory concerning McCarthyism and the Communist scare of the 1950’s in the USA.
It is also a great piece of fiction based on real life events. It has characters you can really love, and others you can really hate. There is romance, conflict and even a bit of tragedy.
There are four acts in The Crucible. Each week (and each act of the play) consists of the following graded items:
- A journal in analytical paragraph (AnaPara) form addressing Miller’s characterization of a particular character (Different character each week, you choose).
- A journal response in AnaPara form addressing a conflict as it arises in the act.
- An journal response in AnaPara form addressing Miller’s use of irony as it arises in the act.
- A straightforward reading/vocabulary quiz on the act.
Annotated books will be collected when we finish the play. Annotate for characterization (words/actions indicating character traits), conflict between and within characters, irony in words and situations, and vocabulary. Needless to say, you will want to keep your book handy at all times. Hilighting and notes in the margins are expected. The more, the better.
Q3 Week ONE
- Introduction to The Crucible
- Read “Lessons of Salem” Newsweek archive.
- Task: complete article responses for discussion. Due before class, digitally through school website dropbox.
- Introduce characters and context.
- Read P.2 “…Historical Accuracy of This Play” to P.16 “Enter Mercy Lewis”
- Task: Journal paragraph – Miller’s Characterization of Rev. Parris. Due before class Wednesday, digitally through school website, blog section
- Discuss/share characterization journals
- Read P. 16 “Enter Mercy Lewis” to P. 30 “Enter Reverend John Hale of Beverly”
- Task: Journal paragraph– Emerging conflict in in Act I. Due before class Thursday, digitally through school website, blog section
- Review/share conflict journals
- Read P.30 “Enter Reverend John Hale of Beverly” to P. 46, end of Act I
- Task: Journal Paragraph – Irony in act I. Due before class Friday, digitally through school website, blog section
- Review/share irony journals
- review vocabulary if necessary
- Quiz on Act I (reading quiz and vocab words) MC/FITB
On concluding the play, there will be a formal essay using journal responses as a basis. This will be elaborated on in week three.
The vocabulary words as well as the guide to paragraph writing are located in the Crucible resources area of our class/school website.