About This Chapter
Who's It For?
Anyone who needs help learning or mastering material from The Crucible will benefit from the lessons in this chapter. There is no faster or easier way to learn about the author and historical context of the play. Among those who would benefit are:
- Students who want to learn a broad topic in a short amount of time
- Students who are looking for easy ways to identify the most important information on the topic
- Students who have fallen behind in memorizing famous works of the author and the play background
- Students who prefer multiple ways of learning about literature (visual or auditory)
- Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
- Students who have limited time to study for an upcoming exam
How It Works:
- Watch each video in the chapter to review all key topics.
- Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
- Test your understanding of each lesson with a short quiz.
- Complete your review with the Crucible: Author & Historical Context chapter exam.
Why It Works:
- Study Efficiently: The lessons in this chapter cover only information you need to know.
- Retain What You Learn: Engaging animations and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
- Be Ready on Test Day: Take the Crucible: Author & Historical Context chapter exam to make sure you're prepared.
- Get Extra Support: Ask our subject-matter experts any literature question. They're here to help!
- Study With Flexibility: Watch videos on any web-ready device.
Students Will Review:
This chapter summarizes the material students need to know about the historical context of The Crucible for a standard literature course. Topics covered include:
- Biography of Arthur Miller
- Background of The Crucible
- Major plays by Arthur Miller
- Relationship between The Crucible and McCarthyism
1. Arthur Miller: Biography and Major Plays
In this lesson, we will talk about the life of one of America's greatest playwrights, Arthur Miller. We will take a close look at his role in the American political scene of the 1950s and give insight into some of his most influential works.
2. The Crucible & McCarthyism
If you've ever read 'The Crucible', then you probably know that the play takes place during the Salem Witch Trials in 1692. But did you know that the play was written to reflect events happening during the time it was written?
3. What is the Background of The Crucible?
The lesson gives a glimpse into the background of Arthur Miller's ''The Crucible'', discussing both the playwright's own historical era and the historical setting of the events and characters dramatized in the play. A short quiz follows.
4. The Crucible Lesson Plan
During the Salem Witch Trials, hysteria ran rampant, and innocent people were punished for crimes they did not commit. When Arthur Miller saw the same things happening during the McCarthy hearings, he wrote 'The Crucible', his celebrated play about paranoia and revenge. This lesson plan will allow your class to understand the play, and its parallels in the 20th century.
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