'Salem' Year 9 English
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written by: Trent Lorcher • edited by: SForsyth • updated: 1/17/2012 Few plays make you want to hop in a time machine, hunt down an historical figure, and punch her in the face. The Crucible is one such play (no, I have not found Abigail Williams, yet). belongs
by Arthur Miller Page 1 of 6 The Crucible , by Arthur Miller, was written during the early 1950s.
The government of Salem in 1692 was a Puritan theocracy. In other words, the town was under the unbending authority of the church. The leaders of the church, and especially the minister of the church, were very powerful figures, comparable to our elected officials. A person who was not a member in good standing of the church was not allowed to live in the community. All citizens were expected to conform to the teachings of the church at all times and to know its catechism, which contained the written statements of the church’s beliefs.
Select and adapt these learning activities to best meet the needs of your students, and to fit the time available: NB. Teachers wishing to have their students study The Crucible as part of a wider thematic unit, should visit this webquest - The Crucible: Timeless Persecutions . Engaging with the Issues Make a 3 column grid on the board with the columns headed: (1) Group (2) Reasons (3) Result which students copy. Individually, get them to list under "Group" those sections of society who are the subject of prejudice or who tend to be blamed for social, economic and moral ills. Teachers may also wish to draw attention to current events which echo the Salem Witch Trials eg. the treatment of Moslems in the United States since 9/11.