I hope that each of you had a splendid weekend, and I hope that you were able to truly disconnect and relax. This week, we will begin reading The Crucible. This unit will go by very quickly, so if you are out, please make sure that you are doing all assigned reading each day. I have linked a pdf full text of The Crucible on Canvas.
Below is the proposed agenda:
Common Core Standards: **For the unit. **
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings; analyze how an author uses and refines the meaning of a key term or terms over the course of a text (e.g., how Madison defines faction in Federalist No. 10).
Analyze and evaluate the effectiveness of the structure an author uses in his or her exposition or argument, including whether the structure makes points clear, convincing, and engaging.
Determine an author's point of view or purpose in a text in which the rhetoric is particularly effective, analyzing how style and content contribute to the power, persuasiveness or beauty of the text.
Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in different media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively) as well as in words to address a question or solve a problem.
Determine two or more themes or central ideas of a text and analyze their development over the course of the text, including how they interact and build on one another to produce a complex account; provide an objective summary of the text.
Demonstrate knowledge of eighteenth-, nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century foundational works of American literature, including how two or more texts from the same period treat similar themes or topics.
Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.
What is the Crucible?
What were Arthur Miller’s motives behind writing The Crucible?
How can increased vocabulary assist you in your reading and writing abilities?
How does the past impact the present and future?
Monday: Bell Ringer, Grammar: Clauses (We did not get to it last week), New Vocabulary, New Reading Skills, Mass Hysteria, and Begin Watching Documentary on Salem 1692. Objective: Today students will begin learning about Mass Hysteria and the Salem Witch Trials of 1692. We did not get to it last week, so we will be starting fresh today. Outcomes: By the end of class, students will be familiar with the earliest beginnings of the Salem Witch Trials, as well as understand Arthur Miller’s motives behind writing The Crucible. Homework: None.
Tuesday: Review Vocabulary, Review Reading Skills, Grammar: Clauses continued, Drama Terms, and Begin Reading The Crucible. Objective: Today students will begin reading The Crucible, as well as focus on increasing their reading and writing abilities through targeted passage diagram and analysis. Outcomes: By the end of class, students will be familiar with the characters of the play The Crucible, as well as they will be able to more readily read and analyze passages in depth. Homework: None
Wednesday: (Interim Progress Reports) Close Reading Exercise, Review Reading Skills, Grammar continued, Group Play instructions, and Continue Reading The Crucible. Objective: Today’s class will be a continuation of yesterday’s. Students will continue to read and analyze The Crucible. Outcome: By the end of class, students will have furthered their knowledge and understanding of The Crucible, as well as receive their group play instructions. Homework: None.
Thursday: Continue Reading The Crucible, Assign Student their lines, and Journal Writing, and Grammar Quiz: Clauses Objective: Today students will continue to read and analyze The Crucible, as well as receive their assigned lines. Outcomes: By the end of class, students will be more aware and familiar with their assigned lines, as well as how to memorize and act them out. In addition, they will be more familiar with the characters they are learning about as they analyze and critique them through their journal writing. Students will also be assessed on their use of independent and dependent clauses. Homework: Study vocabulary words, and review reading skills passages.
Friday: Vocabulary Quiz, Reading Skills Quiz, Group Plays Continued, and Continue Reading The Crucible. Objective: Today students will be assessed on their understanding of vocabulary, reading and analyzing passages. In addition, students will also continue to read Arthur Miller’s play The Crucible. Outcomes: By the end of class, students will be assessed on all the skills they have been learning throughout the week. Homework: Continue memorizing and rehearsing assigned lines.