The Crucible

SAC Instructions and Questions



What you need to do for this unit


All tasks except the SAC must be completed by Monday August 22 at the latest.

1. Read the Introduction to Act One and answer the following questions (Due: Last week of Term 2)
  • What do we learn about Salem from the introduction?
  • How are the people described?
  • What challenges did the community face, and what fears did the community have?
  • What beliefs, traditions or rules influenced the community?
  • Miller writes, "the balance has yet to be struck between order and freedom" (p. 16). What do you think he means by this?

2. Holiday Homework, Due Wednesday 20 July
  • Read Act One
  • Complete a brief summary of Act One
  • Complete the following character table for each of the main characters
Character
Description/Personality
Motivations/Grievances
Relationships
Key Quotes





3. Due Monday 25 July
  • Write a summary of the whole plot in five sentences or five dot points
  • What laws, processes and punishments exist in Salem that we would consider unjust? (Think about what the people are charged with, what punishments they receive for these crimes and the rules of the court)
  • Are the following people heroes, victims or villains? Justify your response.
    • Abigail Williams
    • Mary Warren
    • John Proctor
    • Giles Corey
    • Elizabeth Proctor
    • Judge Danforth
    • Reverend Hale
  • Choose one of the following statements (dot points). Write a paragraph explaining this idea and how it is shown, explored or contested in ‘The Crucible’
    • Fear breeds superstition; superstition breeds fear.
    • To explain the unexplainable, the human mind reaches into a supernatural domain.
    • people often "cave in" to "authority" figures for fear of being socially isolated
    • ”Integrity" is an intrinsic element of the "heroic."

4. Act Two - Due Wednesday 3 August
  • Read Act 2
  • Write a brief summary of Act 2
  • Update your character table to include information discovered about the characters in Act 2 - Particularly Elizabeth, Mary Warren, Hale and quotes for Proctor
  • Complete the Crucible Act 2 Questions



5. Good vs Evil and Vocabulary Activity - Due Wednesday 3 August
  • Complete "Good vs Evil" questions 1-4 and Vocabulary tables in the attached handout:


6. Act Three - Due Wednesday 10 August
  • Make sure you download or copy into your books the Class Summary of Act Three

  • Complete The Act 3 Questions

  • Complete the "The Court and Evidence" and "Truth and Justice" tables and Questions 1-6 in "A Closer Look At Act 2 and 3"


7. Read your paragraph aloud to the class - Due Wednesday 10 August
  • On 22 July you were asked to choose one of the four dot points below and write a paragraph explaining this idea and how it is shown, explored or contested in ‘The Crucible’
    • Fear breeds superstition; superstition breeds fear.
    • To explain the unexplainable, the human mind reaches into a supernatural domain.
    • People often "cave in" to "authority" figures for fear of being socially isolated
    • "Integrity" is an intrinsic element of the "heroic."
  • On Wednesday 10 August you will read out your paragraph to the class, so that we are able to share and discuss ideas
  • Speak to me if you are very nervous about doing this.

8. Act Four - Due Friday 19 August
  • Complete the Act Four Questions


Practice SAC Questions


We will complete a practice SAC in class in Week 5. If you would like to complete and receive feedback on an additional practice SAC, choose from one of the following questions:
  • In a crucible, substances can be purified by heating over fire. To what extent does this relate to the charcters in the play?
  • ‘The play demonstrates the destructive nature of power.’ Do you agree?
  • The play shows that when evil takes over there is nothing people can do to defeat it. Discuss.
  • To what extent is John Proctor justified in choosing to die for his principles?
  • ‘There is the prodigious danger in the seeking of loose spirits... Let us rather blame ourselves.’ Who is to blame for the tragedy in Salem?

Lessons 1-5 Monday 27 June - Friday 1 July
  • As a class, we read the Introduction to Act One of "The Crucible".
  • Individually, students answered the following questions:
    • What do we learn about Salem from the introduction?
    • How are the people described?
    • What challenges did the community face, and what fears did the community have?
    • What beliefs, traditions or rules influenced the community?
    • Miller writes, "the balance has yet to be struck between order and freedom" (p. 16). What do you think he means by this?
  • As a class, we discussed the answers to these questions
  • As a class, we read part of Act One

Lessons 6-8 Monday 18 July, Wednesday 20 July and Thursday 21 July

  • As a class, we watched the film, "The Crucible"

Lessons 9 and 10 Friday 22 July

  • As a class, we finished watching the film, "The Crucible"
  • As a class, we completed a summary of Act One on the board
  • Individually, students answered the following questions (due Monday 25 July):
    • Write a summary of the whole plot in five sentences or five dot points
    • What laws, processes and punishments exist in Salem that we would consider unjust? (Think about what the people are charged with, what punishments they receive for these crimes and the rules of the court)
    • Are the following people heroes, victims or villains? Justify your response.
      • Abigail Williams
      • Mary Warren
      • John Proctor
      • Giles Corey
      • Elizabeth Proctor
      • Judge Danforth
      • Reverend Hale
    • Choose one of the following statements (dot points). Write a paragraph explaining this idea and how it is shown, explored or contested in ‘The Crucible’
      • Fear breeds superstition; superstition breeds fear.
      • To explain the unexplainable, the human mind reaches into a supernatural domain.
      • People often "cave in" to "authority" figures for fear of being socially isolated
      • "Integrity" is an intrinsic element of the "heroic."

Lesson 11: Monday 25 July

  • As a class, we watched a 10 minute video summary of the Crucible http://wn.com/Crucible
  • As a class, we completed the Character Table for Proctor, Abigail, Parris and Hale



Lessons 12-15: Wednesday 27 July, Thursday 28 July, Friday 29 July

  • As a class we read Act 2
  • Individually:
    • Write a brief summary of Act 2
    • Update your character table to include information discovered about the characters in Act 2 - Particularly Elizabeth, Mary Warren, Hale and quotes for Proctor
    • Complete the Crucible Act 2 Questions


Lesson 16: Monday 1 August

  • In groups and as a class students discussed "Good vs Evil" questions 1-3 from "A Closer Look at Act 2 and 3"
  • Individually students completed "Good vs Evil" questions 4 and the vocabulary tables from "A Closer Look at Act 2 and 3"


Lessons 17-21: Wednesday 3 August - Friday 5 August

  • As a class, we read Act 3
  • As a class, we completed a summary of Act 3

  • Individually, students completed Act 3 Questions

  • As a class, we discussed the questions from Lessons 9 and 10:
    • Write a summary of the whole plot in five sentences or five dot points
    • Are the following people heroes, victims or villains? Justify your response
      • Abigail Williams
      • Mary Warren
      • John Proctor
      • Giles Corey
      • Elizabeth Proctor
      • Judge Danforth
      • Reverend Hale

Lesson 22: Monday 8 August

  • Students worked to complete Act 3 Questions and "The Court and Evidence" and "Truth and Justice" tables and Questions 1-6 in "A Closer Look At Act 2 and 3"



Lesson 23: Wednesday 10 August

  • As a class, we discussed the answers to the Act 2 Discussion Questions
  • As a class, we began to read Act Four

Lesson 24-26: Thursday 11 August - Friday 12 August

  • As a class, we finished reading Act Four
  • Individually, students completed the Act Four questions

Lesson 27: Wednesday 17 August

  • As a class we discussed how to brainstorm and answer the question, ‘The play demonstrates the destructive nature of power.’ Do you agree?
  • Download and complete the exercises in the powerpoint below
  • Homework: Write an introduction for the essay question, "‘The play demonstrates the destructive nature of power.’ Do you agree?" using the BIP structure outlined in the powerpoint and in Essay Writing Help Below

Lesson 28: Thursday 18 August

  • As a class, we discussed how to brainstorm the question, "To what extent is John Proctor justified in choosing to die for his principles?"
    • Dot points
    • Unordered branches
    • Two columns - Arguments for and Arguments Against
    • Venn Diagram
  • Individually students wrote a draft introduction for this question
  • Homework: Prepare to write a practice SAC under SAC conditions in tomorrow's lesson, on one of the following questions:
    • ‘The play demonstrates the destructive nature of power.’ Do you agree?"
    • "To what extent is John Proctor justified in choosing to die for his principles?"

Lesson 29-30: Friday 19 August

  • Students wrote a practice SAC under SAC conditions on one of the following questions:
    • ‘The play demonstrates the destructive nature of power.’ Do you agree?"
    • "To what extent is John Proctor justified in choosing to die for his principles?"
  • If you missed this class, make sure you write a practice essay on one of these questions and either email it to your teacher or submit it on Monday.
  • Once you have finished this task, work to complete all of the Act 2 and 3 Questions - due Monday 22 August

Lesson 31: Monday 22 August

  • Students read the Handout (to be attached) and answered questions 1 and 2.
  • Feedback provided on the practice SAC

Lesson 32: Wednesday 24 August

  • As a class, we discussed how to structure essay arguments and how to use TEEL/PEEL
  • As a class, we discussed the answers to the Act 3 Questions.

Essay Writing Help


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