Author:
Kristen Dowell
Subject:
Reading Literature
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Level:
High School
Grade:
11, 12
Tags:
Arthur Miller, Salem Witch Trials, The Crucible
License:
Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial
Language:
English
Media Formats:
Text/HTML

Education Standards

The Crucible - Introduction - Arthur Miller/Salem Witch Trials/Title Meaning

Overview

A basic student led info search to use as an introduction to The Crucible.

The Crucible - Background Information Search

Arthur Miller, Salem Witch Trials, and Writing Assignment for “The Crucible”

Arthur Miller

  • Go to
    • https://www.biography.com/people/arthur-miller-9408335
    • Make note of 20 KEY words from the information on this page about Arthur Miller.
    • Pay close attention to the “The Crucible” & McCarthyism sections.
    • Create a “Word Cloud” at https://www.wordclouds.com/ with your 20 words. You can change the font, shape, size, color and anything you want to make it unique.  Once finished, right click (or two-finger click if you have a Chromebook), select “copy image” and then paste the image into your Google Doc.

Salem Witch Trials

While you are exploring the following links, you will use the information to create a timeline and a character chart.

Writing Assignment

  • 4 Sentence Single Chunk (Topic Sentence, Concrete Detail, Commentary, Commetnary): Arthur Miller titled this play “The Crucible.” Why do you think he chose this as his title? (Hint: Look up the definition of a crucible.)

Below you will find a total of FOUR rubrics: one for each piece of the above assignment.  Please use these rubrics to guide your work and to assist you with knowing exactly what I expect from this work.

Word Cloud Rubric

 

5

3

1

20 Words Chosen

20 words selected and used

10-19 words selected and used

9 or less words selected and used

Aesthetically Appealing

All words are spelled correctly and effort is obvious

Most words are spelled correctly and some effort is obvious

Only some words are spelled correctly and little effort is obvious

Word Choice

All 20 words are significant keywords related to “The Crucible,” Arthur Miller, or McCarthyism

Most words are keywords related to “The Crucible,” Arthur Miller, or McCarthyism

Very few words are spelled correctly and no effort is visible

Total Possible Points: 15

 

Time Line Rubric

 

5

3

1

10 Events Listed

10 events are listed

9-6 events are listed

5 or less events are listed

Content of Descriptions

Brief but descriptive content provided for each event

Brief but descriptive content provided for most events

Brief but descriptive content provided for only a few events

Total Possible Points: 10

 

Character Chart Rubric

 

10

5

1

Content of Notes for 10 People Researched

Brief but descriptive content provided for each person

Brief but descriptive content provided for most people

Brief but descriptive content provided for only a few people

Total Possible Points: 10

 

 

 

 

Writing Assignment Rubric

 

5

3

1

Topic Sentence

Accurately restates and adequately answers the question

Either restates the question but doesn’t answer it well, or doesn’t answer it at all

Doesn’t restate the question or answer it

Concrete Detail

All fact and provides a solid example to defend answer

Mostly fact and provides an example to defend answer

Not a fact but gives some reason for answer

Commentary

Stays on topic of concrete detail and provides adequate support for defense

Provides some adequate support for defense, but strays from topic

Strays from topic and provides no defense for concrete detail used

Content

Obvious evidence of effort and a well-thought-out answer

Doesn’t fully answer the question asked

Has nothing at all to do with the question asked

Total Possible Points: 20