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The Crucible. By Arthur Miller. A ceramic or metal container in which metals or other substances may be melted or subjected to very high temperatures . A place or occasion of severe test or trial: "the crucible of combat". What is a CRUCIBLE?. It melts

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The crucible

The Crucible

By Arthur Miller


What is a crucible

A ceramic or metal container in which metals or other substances may be melted or subjected to very high temperatures.

A place or occasion of severe test or trial: "the crucible of combat"

What is a CRUCIBLE?


What happens when you put something in a crucible

  • It melts

  • Impurities come out, leaving the pure substance.

What happens when you put something in a crucible?


What kinds of situations might we call crucibles

  • Courthouse trial

  • Rehab

  • Baptism

  • Exorcism

  • Chemotherapy

  • Growing up

  • War

  • Awkward social situations

  • Geometry/biology eoc proctoring/ other standardized tests

  • The hunger games

  • Personality test

  • Survival situations

  • High school & college

What kinds of situations might we call “crucibles”?


What kinds of situations might we call crucibles1

  • 4th & goal (or conditioning)

  • Rehab

  • Chemotherapy

  • War & boot camp

  • Prison

  • Religious fast

  • Divorce

  • High school

  • Grief

  • Diet

  • Therapy

  • My 1st year teaching

  • The hunger games

What kinds of situations might we call “crucibles”?


What kinds of situations might we call crucibles2

  • Death in the family

  • Exorcism

  • Baptism

  • Breaking an addiction/rehab

  • High school/ the hunger games

  • Near-death experience

  • War

  • Sickness

  • Marathon

What kinds of situations might we call “crucibles”?


What kinds of situations might we call crucibles3

  • Exorcisms

  • Jail

  • Sickness– cancer, anything with chemotherapy

  • 10-hour flights

  • War

  • Fasting

  • Airport security

  • Divorce

  • Addiction/recovery

  • Therapy

  • Someone dying/funerals

  • Training/conditioning

What kinds of situations might we call “crucibles”?


Thursday april 25 bellwork

Thursday, April 25 Bellwork


Wednesday may 01 bellwork

Wednesday, May 01 Bellwork


Quick poll

When you do something that might get you into trouble, how do you typically proceed?

  • Deny everything. I’m not owning up to any more than I have to!

  • Confess [at least part of the truth]. If I tell them, maybe the punishment will be lighter.

  • Blame it all on someone else. I’ve got to look out for #1!

Quick Poll:


Thursday may 02 bellwork

Sample Outline: do you typically proceed?

  • Topic Sentence: In Act I of The Crucible, [character] does [whatever he/she does] because_________________.

  • Explanations & Examples

    • Integrate a quotation into one of your sentences

  • Conclude

After reading Act I of The Crucible, write ONE PARAGRAPH about ONE of the character’s MOTIVES.

Thursday, May 02 Bellwork


Friday may 03 bellwork

A do you typically proceed? 3 makes a claim about a character’s motives, supports that claim with reasons and evidence, and concludes.

A 2 is missing some elements, or doesn’t really answer the prompt.

A 1 isn’t a paragraph.

Grade your paragraph from yesterday on a scale of 1-3.

Friday, May 03 Bellwork


And if you really outdid yourself

…and if you do you typically proceed?really outdid yourself,

give it a 4!!


Monday may 06 bellwork

  • Write do you typically proceed?three complete sentences about why you believe the conjuring phenomenon in Salem is real/fake/somewhere in between.

Monday, May 06 Bellwork


Tuesday may 07 bellwork

  • Back when we read do you typically proceed?The Great Gatsby, we discussed what our reactions would be if we found out that our spouses were cheating. Some of you said you’d leave. Others said you would try to work it out.

  • John and Elizabeth Proctor are trying to “work it out.”

  • What do you think is the most difficult part of the process for Elizabeth?

  • What do you think is the most difficult thing for John?

Tuesday, May 07 Bellwork


Tuesday groupwork

Tuesday Groupwork


Thursday may 09 bellwork

  • What do you think of Mary Warren? Is she trying to do the right thing? Is she like Abigail? Does she want to hurt people?

  • Write 3-5 sentences about Mary Warren’s character.

  • Pick out one or two quotations (she says, or the narrator says) that support your estimation of her character.

Thursday, May 09 Bellwork


Friday may 10 bellwork

  • After reading and watching Act 2, write a right thing? Is she like Abigail? Does she want to hurt people?journal entry from the point of view of one of these characters:

    • John Proctor

    • Elizabeth Proctor

    • Mary Warren

    • Reverend Hale

  • Your journal entry should focus on the character’s internal conflict. (Self v. self)

  • 5-10 sentences

Friday, May 10 Bellwork


Tuesday may 14 bellwork

  • In Act 3, Judge Danforth tells Francis and Proctor that “a person is either with this court or he must be counted against it, there be no road between” (964).

  • Make a text-to-world/self/textconnectionwith this idea that “you’re either with us or against us.”

  • Why is this kind of worldview problematic?

Tuesday, May 14 Bellwork


Wednesday may 15 bellwork

  • Choose a character from Act 3, and explain how his/her person is either with this court or he must be counted against it, there be no road between” (964).true nature is revealed by the “crucible” of the court scene.

  • Choose from these characters:

    • Proctor

    • Elizabeth

    • Mary Warren

    • Hale

    • Danforth

  • Now, choose a quotation from Act 3 that supports your analysis of that character.

Wednesday, May 15 Bellwork


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