Lessons on confession, moral questions and `quotation webbing'
This collection of resources has been put together by TESEnglish and is particularly geared for the extended reading project on The Crucible as part of the English language GCSE unit for the AQA exam board.
The collection includes a teacher's guide to controlled assessment, an overview and scheme of work, and a student workbook. An introductory lesson, featuring a PowerPoint, worksheet and supporting extracts, looks at character, themes and language. Another PowerPoint has a number of activities that can be used to question pupils' first impressions of the play, as well as looking at Arthur Miller's use of symbols.
An activity on confessions is designed to encourage students to look at admissions of guilt in relation to morality, while another looks at the principles of Salem and the groups within the community, asking pupils to locate different characters within these.
Lessons based around John Proctor include one that looks at his relationships with Elizabeth and Abigail. Another examines the tension between Proctor and Parris, while yet another looks at the similarity between Proctor and Jesus, asking pupils to plot their respective journeys. A role-play activity asks students to question each speaker's performance as Proctor, and an analytical task challenges pupils to look at the way the Proctors' relationship develops throughout the play.
Other resources include a lesson that aims to teach pupils about "quotation webbing" - finding connotations within a quotation and going on to dissect and explain it successfully. A pair of lessons looks at Miller's use of Latinate structures in the play's dialogue, and his choice of biblical names for the characters, including an exploration of how this makes the audience feel about them.
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