American Lit: Act II, Scene ii

Standard: ELAGSE11-12RL3 Analyze the impact of the author’s choices regarding how to develop and relate elements of a story or drama (e.g., where a story is set, how the action is ordered, how the characters are introduced and developed).

Learning Target: I can analyze how Miller’s choice to edit Act II scene ii out of the play changed the play, for better or worse.

Opening Session: The Crucible Sparknotes Summary

Work Session: Grab your Crucible copies and flip to the very back, at the appendix! You will notice “deleted scene” is there – WOAH. It’s like the special features on a Blu-ray, only it’s a BOOK. Madness!

Today you will be independently reading that scene and doing a little writing. I will give you a brief constructed response sheet and I would like you to all respond to the following prompt:

Arthur Miller chose to delete Act II Scene ii from the play after it originally was performed. Why do you think he chose to delete this scene from the play? Do you think it was beneficial (good) or detrimental (bad) to the play to delete this scene? If YOU were putting on a stage performance of The Crucible, would you include this scene? If yes, why, and what do you think it adds to the play? If no, why not, and what do you think it takes away from the play?

You will have all class period to get this finished, and yes, it WILL be graded!!

Closing Session: Share out! Let’s take a poll – who would include the scene? Who would delete it?

Assessment: Informal – graded for completion

Differentiation: Process (scaffolding)

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