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Crucible, The (Play) (Teacher Pack)

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This teaching unit focuses on Arthur Miller's powerful allegorical playscript The Crucible, and takes students through a range of high-quality, engaging and impactful learning experiences to culminate in an analytical essay assessment task on one of the key concepts of the text.

The best part (in addition to the hours of preparation time you'll save!) is that these resources are ready for immediate download and use.

Contents (6 digital/editable/printable files ready for immediate download and use):

  1. Teacher Guide (42-page PDF)
    • Unit overview
    • Learning Goals and Success Criteria
    • Suggested Lesson Outline
    • Teacher Answer Guide to Student Booklet
    • Analytical Essay writing/assessment information
  2. Student Booklet (35-page PDF and DOCX [suitable for Google Classroom])
    • Pre-reading activities – power
    • Introduction to the play – historical context group work
    • Representations, interpreting texts and historical accuracy of the play
    • Literary devices
    • Language of the play
    • Reading the play – chapter templates and plot structure/setting
    • Character close-up – Abigail Williams
    • Character close-up – John Proctor
    • Literary devices in detail
    • Incorporating evidence and body paragraph structure
    • Character close-up and Foil – Hale vs Danforth
    • Characteristics of good and evil
    • Symbolism
    • Thinking beyond the play
    • Analytical Essay writing
      • Analytical essay structure
      • Approaching the question – strategy
      • Writing the contention
      • Writing the introduction
      • Writing body paragraphs
      • Writing the conclusion
    • Assessment Tasks – analytical essay response
      • Task options and conditions
      • Essay writing reminders and Possible sentence starters
      • Analytical Essay template
      • Analytical Essay checklist
  3. Teaching PowerPoint/Keynote Presentation (46-slide PPTX and KEY [for macOS users])
    • Discussion starters 1 and 2
    • Introduction to the play – Arthur Miller, context, plot, 'crucible' and 'allegory' definitions
    • Representations, literary devices and plot structure
    • Character close-up – Abigail Williams
    • Formative writing task – Abigail Williams
    • Character close-up – John Proctor
    • Close-up on power
    • Incorporating evidence in body paragraphs
    • Character foil – Hale vs Danforth
    • Close-up on good and evil
    • Symbolism in the play
    • Analytical Essay writing – cognitive verb 'analyse', analytical essay structure, approaching the question, writing contention, introduction, body paragraphs and conclusion (including answers/samples - see separately included 'Sample Essay – Power' for complete sample response)
    • The Writing Process
  4. Sample Essay – Power – Complete sample essay response to Practice Question (2-page PDF; 907 words)

Unit duration: 30+ lessons (including assessment)

Curriculum Links:

The Teacher Pack can be linked to the following area within the Australian Curriculum:

  • English (Years 10–12)

In addition, the Teacher Pack relates to the following General Capabilities within the Australian Curriculum:

  • Critical and Creative Thinking
  • Personal and Social Capability
  • Literacy


  • Digital/editable/printable files delivered in a single ZIP file (3× PDFs, 1× DOCX, 1× PPTX, 1× KEY)
  • Professionally designed by an experienced educator
  • Highly visual and engaging
  • Suited to all learners
  • Crisp, clean layouts
  • A range of whole class, group work and individual learning resources

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