American Lit: Hysteria!

Standard: ELAGSE11-12RL1 Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain.

Learning Target: I can relate the motif of hysteria in The Crucible to modern society.

Opening Session: Muse – Hysteria. Is this song a good representation of the concept of hysteria? What does it tell you about hysteria? Do you like it? Why or why not?

Work Session: Today we’re going to finish reading Act I of The Crucible in the book, then we’re going to flip to page 131 in Springboard and talk about hysteria. How do you see hysteria in the end of the act, when the girls are screaming out accusations?

How do you see hysteria in the real world?

Flip to the next page and choose one of the 3 scenarios under the Narrative Writing Prompt. Working on your own, write a short scene in which you show the scenario and how easily hysteria can happen.

Closing Session: Share your scenario!

Assessment: Informal – scenarios for completion

Differentiation: Process, product

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