Copies of "The Crucible, Act II," pens, pencils and paper. Objectives:
- Students will demonstrate the ability to reflect and respond expressively to texts so that the audience will:
- discover multiple perspectives
- investigate connections between life and literature
- recognize how the responses of others may be different
- consider cultural or historical significance
- Students will demonstrate the ability to read and listen to a variety of increasingly complex texts by:
- identifying and analyzing textual components and evaluating their impact on the text
- demonstrating comprehension of main ideas and supporting details
- making connections between works, self and related topics
1. Review the previous lesson.
2. Assign parts of "The Crucible, Act III" to students in your class. It is helpful to write roles and assignments on the board. Students can complete study guides during the reading if necessary to maintain focus.
3. Read Act III as a class.
4. When you have finished reading Act III, divide students into groups of four or five. Ask them to choose a section of the text to re-write in a modern dialect with emphasis on tone and inflection. They could pick accents from another region of the country or use a dialect common to a cultural group.
5. Ask students to perform their re-written sections to the class and to reflect on how their version changes the meaning of the original. Evaluation:
Students can be evaluated for participation during reading; the performance can be evaluated for participation and effort.