In Witch Hunt: A Web Scavenger Hunt for The Crucible by Arthur Miller, your students will learn about the inspiration for Arthur Miller’s play, including the Salem Witch Trials, McCarthyism, and possible scientific explanations for the hysteria.
In Crucible, Act Two, Scene Two assignment (RTF, PDF) your students must consider whether Act Two, Scene Two, added by Miller later on, is materially necessary to the play. Some argue that it changes Abigail’s motives from desire for John Proctor to madness.
In “Half-Hanged Mary” by Margaret Atwood (RTF, PDF—credit Jana Edwards) students read a poem based on the true story of Mary Webster, accused of witchcraft in the 1680′s. It would make a good introduction or companion to The Crucible.
I most likely will not be posting next week while I am on vacation.