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Teaching The Crucible to general-level 11th graders I'd be interested to hear anyone's experiences with The Crucible--particularly with general-level 11th graders.  Do you enjoy teaching it at this level?  Do the students enjoy it?  How much time do you spend on it?

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I've done The Crucible with both general and college-prep junior classes--always a great experience with great results. The kids love this play, for various reasons. At one time I had the play on tape, organized by acts. We listened to the play while reading along. This allowed students to hear a professional reading with the actors in character, to enjoy the sound of the language and experience the pace of the production. This was a great listening skill activity in itself.

Rather than interrupt the flow of the play, I reserved initial discussion for the end of each act, until we finished it. This was also a good time to make predictions about what might happen next.

My unit covered about three weeks, including pre- and post-reading activities, a writing assignment, and a unit test.

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I agree with all of the other posters above. The Crucible has always engaged my students and been one of my favorites to teach. The only element of the play I have seen students sometimes struggle with are the...

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This is my second year teaching, and I am currently studying the Crucible with my Juniors.  We are preparing to watch "American Violet" and do a Comparison/Contrast piece.  The movie documents a drug raid that occurred in a small, Texas town in 2001 (I believe).  There were many coerced confessions because of the alternatives people faced if they chose not to confess. Much of the 'evidence' was questionable, so my hope is to relate this to the incidents in Salem.  I also think it's important to discuss with students the impact religion and religious beliefs can have on our political/criminal policies.  The Salem incident may not have occurred at all if the territory had not been a theocracy at the time.  In the future, I am hoping to include some information from the PBS series "God in America,"so students can discuss the pros and cons of religious influence and the separation of church and state.