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The Crucible Act 1 Activities

Instructor: Jason Lineberger

Jason has 20 years of education experience including 14 years of teaching college literature.

When students read 'The Crucible', they usually understand the plot and characters, but they miss the historical connections and the play's themes. This lesson provides activities for Act I to help students understand those more difficult topics.

Teaching Act I of The Crucible

While some of the language is antiquated, the witch hunt and dramatic interactions between characters make this play one that students usually find accessible. The difficulty with The Crucible comes from the fact that the story is so compelling, students may not look beneath that engaging surface level. Here are two activities that will help students think about the major ideas of the play.

Building Background

The Crucible is often interpreted as a play about the abuse of power, or more specifically, as an allegory for McCarthyism. Students will start to see the connections once they have more understanding of the McCarthy hearings and the Salem witch trials. This activity will build background knowledge in a student-centered way.

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