AP Lang: Pivotal Scene Rewrites


  • 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
  • ELAGSE11-12RL3 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
  • ELAGSE11-12RL5 Analyze how an author’s choices concerning how to structure specific parts of a text (e.g., the choice of where to begin or end a story, the choice to provide a comedic or tragic resolution) contribute to its overall structure and meaning as well as its aesthetic impact. Georgia ELA

Learning Target
Students will transform one of the pivotal scenes in The Crucible to evoke a particular response from the audience.

Opening Session
The Incredibles in 7 different genres, from Editing Is Everything on YouTube:

Work Session
Today I’d like everyone to grab a partner, because you’re going to be writing for most of the day!

I would like you to choose one of the two pivotal scenes in the book, either Proctor and Abigail (page 21-24) or Proctor and Elizabeth (page 50-55). Rewrite the scene so the characters’ lines and actions clearly show how they feel about each other. We have discussed the ambiguity in these scenes, but today I want you to rewrite the scene so it is clear what’s going on. Be extreme! Be entertaining!

You can work with a partner to do this. Please turn your rewritten scene in at the end of class!

Closing Session
Share out! Let’s take a couple groups to perform their new scenes!

Formative (rewrites)

Learning style (kinesthetic)

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