The Crucible by Arthur Miller
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Analysing the overture
A selection of questions focusing on the overture.
From the playwright's mouth
A card sort activity to match the characters with Miller's own descriptions of them. An interactive Matching resource is also available.
Students work in groups to explore the different themes within 'The Crucible', with guidance for each theme.
Students allocate scores to characters for different attributes and then play this fun game! Useful for revision of characters and their temperaments.
Ups and downs
Tension graph and supporting quotation grids for the play. Use blank grids or more detailed ones for differentiation.
A diagrammatic introduction to the characters and the relationships between them.
Check the facts!
A summary of the historical trials with questions exploring the 'amendments' Miller made, and the relevance of the play today.
Sort your acts out!
Sequence key events from each act of the play. Answers on final sheet.
Writing as the Reverend
Creative tasks relating to each act. Great for collaborative writing.
In the spotlight
Encourages analysis of speeches by Danforth in Act 3, Proctor in Acts 2 and 4 and Hale in Act 4.
Crucial Crucible questions
A series of questions on each act and an essay question for students to attempt.
Exploring the context of The Crucible
A useful resource for exploring how Miller's notes in the play add to the presentation of Salem in Act One. (Page references refer to Penguin edition: ISBN 0140181547)
Who said what? Identify the quotations
Students identify the speakers - great as a timed activity. (The Word document contains the answers.)
Considering character, language and context
A helpful summary of the play for students to complete.
Elizabeth and John Proctor's relationship in Act 2
Two relationship analysis grids, one of which is already completed.
A selection of essay questions
Focused questions on the play that could be useful for revision or homework.
Other resource collections
Contemporary language change
Complex to simple
Creative writing (KS4)
Grammar - sentence construction