ERIC Number: ED481283
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002
Salem Witch Trials. [Lesson Plan].
Based on Arthur Miller' play "The Crucible," this lesson plan presents activities designed to help students understand that in 17th-century New England, people were persecuted for allegedly practicing witchcraft; students of this period have looked into the allegations and offer alternatives to witchcraft to explain the people's behavior; and Arthur Miller wrote the play using the 17th-century case of witch trials (and fictionalizing it) to comment on a 20th-century phenomenon--the hunting of communists as if they were witches. The main activity of the lesson involves students rewriting a scene from the play from the perspective of today. It includes objectives, materials, procedures, adaptations, discussion questions, evaluation methods, extension activities, annotations of suggested readings and web links, vocabulary, and related academic standards and benchmarks addressed in the lesson plan. The lesson plan also contains a description of a video clip related to the lesson, comprehension questions related to the video clip, and answers to those comprehension questions. (RS)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Drama, English Instruction, Language Arts, Lesson Plans, Literary Devices, Literature Appreciation, Secondary Education, Vocabulary Development, Writing Assignments
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Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: Discovery Communications, Inc., Bethesda, MD.
Note: Audio and video clips included in the web site version of this lesson plan are not available from ERIC.