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Title: The Crucible


1
The Crucible
  • Warm-Up
  • Practice Essay Peer Editing
  • Introduction to The Crucible
  • Homework

2
WARM-UP
  • Essential Question
  • How does history shape literature?
  • Student Objectives
  • Students will understand how a text is shaped by
    the historical context of a time period.
  • Students will demonstrate knowledge of early
    American Literature including how two or more
    texts from the same period treat similar themes
    or topics.
  • Students will understand how the structure of
    text impacts reader understanding.
  • What do you already know about the Salem Witch
    Trials and/or Puritan life in early America?

3
Practice Paper Rubric
  • Review the rubric and then use it to guide your
    feedback

4
What does crucible mean?
  1. a vessel of a very refractory material (as
    porcelain) used for melting and calcining a
    substance that requires a high degree of heat
  2. a severe test
  3. a place or situation in which concentrated forces
    interact to cause or influence change or
    development

5
Overview
  • American play
  • Written in the 1950s
  • Playwright Arthur Miller
  • Focuses on residents of Salem, Massachusetts
  • Issues greed, guilt, motivation, morality

6
Overview Salem, Massachusetts
  • Located on the coast of Massachusetts
  • Settled mainly by Puritans in 1626
  • A group of people who left England so they could
    practice religious freedom
  • Often let their religious beliefs guide their
    daily lives
  • Most known for the Salem Witch Trials of 1692
  • Nickname The Witch City

7
Puritans arriving in Massachusetts
8
Salem Witch Trials Memorial
9
Overview Issues
  • Greed How do you define greed? Is greed ever a
    good thing?
  • Guilt What leads people to feel guilt?
  • Motivation What is the biggest motivator in your
    life?
  • Morality List your top three moral rules.
  • How do these fit into our ideas of America?
    Remember, this class is about American literature
    as much as possible! Be thinking about this
    question every time we read a text.

10
Salem Witch Trials
  • Occurred from June through September of 1692 in
    Salem
  • Puritan group of people was involved
  • Townspeople were in a state of hysteria about
    witches/evil

11
The Facts
  • Young girl named Betty Parris became ill
  • Fever, extreme pain, running around the house
  • More children in Salem became ill
  • Ann Putnam, Mercy Lewis, Mary Walcott
  • Doctors were called in to find the reason for
    this sickness
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