The Crucible Lesoson Plans
by Arthur Miller

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Salem Witch Trials Fact Check

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Salem Witch Trials – How Accurate Was The Crucible?

Using the internet, write at least one paragraph concerning each of the following topics concerning the Salem Witch Trials.

The following websites are useful:

http://www.law.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/salem/SALEM.HTM

www.wikipedia.org

Timeline of Salem Witch Trials

Punishment of accused witches

Now, look at the characters in The Crucible. Answer these questions with at least one paragraph each.

  • Look up the following characters – Samuel Parris, Abigail Williams, Elizabeth Proctor, John Proctor, Giles Corey, Tituba, Rebecca Nurse
  • How accurate are these portrayals? (What has stayed true to history and what has been changed?)
  • Consider the changes, why do you think playwright Arthur Miller made them?

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I use this once we finish Miller's play so that the students can see how accurate Miller's work was.