American Lit: The Crucible, Act I

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 a dramatic text to determine appropriate tone and inflection to convey meaning.

Opening Session: The Crucible movie trailer!

Work Session: Today our main focus will be reading the first half of act I of The Crucible, through Betty falling asleep on page 25 in the book. I will be reading as the narrator, and I need volunteers to read for each of the following parts:

  • Tituba
  • Parris
  • Abigail
  • Susanna
  • Mrs. Putnam
  • Putnam
  • Mercy
  • Mary
  • Betty
  • Proctor
  • The Narrator (Mrs. Bristow)

As we finish reading today, we will look into our textbooks, on page 124. I would like for you guys to start making notes about the various characters you met today on the note-taking chart. You should be able to fill out the notes and possibly motivations for each of the characters we met today, which is everyone on the chart except Francis and Rebecca Nurse, Reverend Hale, and Giles Corey (we will get to them tomorrow).

Closing Session: Vocab review – Crossword Puzzle!!

Assessment: Informal – class reading and discussion

Differentiation: Interest, Process (student choice in reading parts, varied reading lengths)

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