AP Lang: Why Arthur Miller Wrote The Crucible


  • ELAGSE11-12RI6 Determine an author’s point of view or purpose in a text in which the rhetoric is particularly effective, analyzing how style and content contribute to the power, persuasiveness, or beauty of the text. Georgia ELA
  • ELAGSE11-12RI3 Analyze a complex set of ideas or sequence of events and explain how specific individuals, ideas, or events interact and develop over the course of the text. Georgia ELA
  • ELAGSE11-12RI1 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. Georgia ELA

Learning Target
Students will read and analyze an article about why Arthur Miller wrote The Crucible and then begin reading the play.

Opening Session

Work Session
Today we’re going to be reading an article entitled “Why I Wrote the Crucible” by Arthur Miller, the guy who wrote The Crucible. I’m going to give everyone a copy of the article and I want you to practice the SOAPSTone strategy with it.


Write the letters down your paper and examine each one. Then, once you’ve finished SOAPSTone-ing the article, write a short paragraph that answers the question why DID Arthur Miller write The Crucible?

Turn in your SOAPSTone and paragraph when you’re done!

Closing Session
With whatever time we have left, go ahead and begin reading The Crucible. Your HOMEWORK this weekend is to take the book home and finish reading the ENTIRE play by the time you’re back here on Monday!!

Formative (vocab quiz, class discussion)

Process (scaffolding, annotated text)

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