AP Lang: Hysteria!

Standards

  • ELAGSE11-12RL2 Determine two or more themes or central ideas of text and analyze their development over the course of the text, including how they interact and build on one another to produce a complex account; provide an objective summary of the text. Georgia ELA
  • 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. Georgia ELA
  • 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). Georgia ELA

Learning Target
Students will analyze the theme of hysteria in The Crucible and write an essay to demonstrate their perspective.

Opening Session
Let’s discuss the ending of the play, and I want to take a couple volunteers to re-read the ending scene between Elizabeth and John. What is revealed in this scene, why is it important, and how does it connect back to the theme of hysteria we discussed early on in the play?

Work Session
Today is all about hysteria! One of the themes in The Crucible is this idea that hysteria can make good people do terrible things. We’re going to have a class discussion over that idea, and then I would like for you all to write an impromptu essay.

In an essay of about two pages in length, determine if you think the people in Salem were affected by hysteria – what is hysteria, and how did it make people act out of the ordinary? – or if you think the people of Salem were acting rationally. Use evidence from the play to back up your statements, and make a strong, convincing argument.

Closing Session
AP Grading! Trade papers with a friend and grade the essay based on the AP Rubric. Then, explain to your buddy why you gave them the grade you did, and justify your grade with examples from their essay.

Assessment
Formative (AP style essay)

Differentiation
Product (varied essay length)

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