The Crucible

  • This unit takes readers through the exciting drama of the Salem Witch Trials of the 1600's.  Written in response to the Red Scare of the McCarthy Era, Arthur Miller's The Crucible explores a small Puritan town in which religion, fear, accusations, guilt, and revenge create the unstoppable monster of mob mentality and chaos ensues.  Characters are forced to choose between right and wrong, and, more importantly, life and death. 

    Can this town's integrity remained intact, or will this demonstration of the selfishness of human nature triumph over truth and dignity?

    Areas of Focus:

    • Active Reading Strategies (margin notes, etc.)
    • Study Skills
    • Vocabulary Expansion
    • Writing (creative journal writing and formal essay)
    • Historical Background (Puritanism, witchcraft, and McCarthyism)