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Digital Unit Plan Template

Unit Title: Understanding Themes and Historical Connection in The Crucible Name: Andrea Godinez
Content Area: English Grade Level: 11th grade
CA Content Standard(s)/Common Core Standard(s):

Determine two or more themes or central ideas of a text and analyze their development over the course of the text, including how they interact and build on one
another to produce a complex account; provide an objective summary of the text. RL 11-12 2

Analyze the impact of the author’s choices regarding how to develop and relate elements of a story or drama (e.g., where a story is set, how the action is
ordered, how the characters/archetypes are introduced and developed).

Make strategic use of digital media (e.g., textual, graphical, audio, visual, and interactive elements) in presentations to enhance understanding of findings,
reasoning, and evidence and to add interest.

Big Ideas/Unit Goals:

Students can identify a theme(s) within the text and pull evidence from the play that supports the theme.
Students will be able to use the internet/technology in order to learn about the play and it’s history.
Students will be able to correlate historical events in U.S. history to the play.
What can we learn about ourselves and our choices from literary works?
How do we learn about moral criticism within the text?
Does this text work as social commentary for events of our past and our modern day?
Unit Summary:
What do we learn from what the texts we read? Do we know enough about the history of an author and the background of the text itself? The play The Crucible
allows the readers to learn to take all of these aspects into consideration. This text will allow students to interact with U.S history and learn about themes pf
morality and observe the development of ideas and choices that transcend time.

Throughout this Unit students will learn about the importance of understanding the text in a literary sense but also in a historical one. Students should be able
to see this allegorical play as a representation and commentary on the similarities between events in our Nations history. This Unit will give students the
opportunity to analyze Arthur Miller's choices to understand the play's purpose. to begin making those historical connections to the text. Students will learn
about morality, the impact of our choices, and what we learn from past decisions. Students should be able to discuss and understand why this text was relevant
during the time it was written. Being able to understand the overarching themes will help them make personal connections and better understand the character
development and plot within the play. Students will learn to research and complete work that will enhance their understanding of themes, diction, and purpose
of the play. Working with technology will help students improve upon their skills on working with online tools. Students will also learn to work collaboratively
to learn about different perspectives and improve their ability to work in groups. Overall I would like this this unit should help expand the students ability to
have open discussions with their classmates about themes and history as well as be able to complete research and assignments that align with better analysis
and comprehension of the play.
Assessment Plan:
Entry-Level: Formative: Summative:
1) Think Pair Share: Students will be introduced 1)KWL Chart: The first day of the reading 1)In-Class Essay: Students at the end of the unit
to a question that is in relation to the play prior to students will create a KWL chart and on this day will be asked to examine 2 different possibly essay
reading in order to assess prior knowledge on the they will fill out the K and W section. These topics and collect evidence for each one through
topic. Students will write a short answer to the sections will have what they already know and their notes, summaries, and class assignments. On
question and pair off into groups of 2-3 and discuss what they want to learner are curious about during the day of the in-class essay I will pick one of the
their answers to compare. Then students will share the reading of The Crucible. As the students essay topic and the entire class period to write their
what they learned to the entire class. questions from section W are being answered they essay and will be able to use the play to pull
will fill out the L section with the answers or evidence from the text that supports their claims.
anything interesting/important they’ve learned so This will allow me to see if the students have
far so that I can track the progress of the pulled what I expected from the text and have a
understanding of the play. clear understanding of the text.

2)Act Summary Slips: After each Act is 2) Video Project: In groups of 5-6 students will
completed students will have to complete an entry create a iMovie reenacting a scene from the play
in their Journal describing the overall themes, main with a modern take. The students will elaborate on
ideas, style, and overall tone of the particular act the dialogue and create more modern take on the
being discussed. The students will write these scene. They will choose a theme to base their scene
summaries in the journal where they take their off of and will write a short summary describing
notes and will be turned in at the end of every act their scene. This will show their ability to be
to be graded in order to track students progress. creative all the while remaining true to the themes
and messages from the play.
3) Quizlet: Students will create sets of flashcards
one for themes and another for character and
connection. They will add to their Quizlet sets as
they learn more about the overarching themes and
character development that will help them study for
their quizzes. The flashcard sets will be graded to
examine the constancy of the overall class

4) Quizes: Students will be quizzed online in class

using a survey method and will be submitted
through this site and will allow me to track their
progress and incorporate digital aspects to it.
Lesson 1 (Teacher Lecture)
Student Learning Acceptable Evidence Lesson Activities: Guided Notes
Objective: (Assessments): I will introduce the students to the the play, The Crucible and the playwright Arthur Miller. I will
Students will be able to The students complete the then present the powerpoint and the students will be completed their guided notes. These notes will
correlate historical events guided notes as they listen help the students understand the connections Arthur Miller is making between the McCarthy Era
in U.S. history to the play. and watch the presentation. and The Witch Trials of 1692. The Notes will follow the order of the presentation so that the
Completion of the guided students remain engaged in order to complete the worksheet that will serve them as guide to
notes demonstrates understanding the connections and the underlying ideas that they will learn about in this play.
engagement and
understanding of the
connections between
McCarthyism and The
Salem Witch Trials.
Lesson 2 (Webercise/ iPad Lesson)

Student Learning Acceptable Evidence: Lesson Activities: Webercise

Objective: The completion of the This will work as a review/analysis of what the students have read in the play and conduct research
Students will be able to use webercise worksheet with to have a better understanding of topics that have been discussed in class. Students will visit
the internet/technology in thorough answers. This will websites provided on the exercise’s worksheet which will help them answer the questions
order to learn about the show that students thoroughly. This will help the students understand the author’s choices and character development
play and it’s history. understand the history or and how they work to portray the themes.
the novel and make
connection to the topics
discussed in class using
outside sources and
Lesson 3 (Graphic Organizer)

Student Learning Acceptable Evidence: Lesson Activities: Double Entry Journal Graphic Organizer
Objective: Students can The students will have Students will have their a Double Entry journal worksheet and work in collaborative groups of 3-4
identify a theme(s) within completed their Double students and complete the Graphic Organizer. The groups will pick a specific theme and and find
the text and pull evidence Entry Journal by choosing a evidence from the play that portrays their chosen them. In the second column the students will
from the play that supports developing theme in the need to support their chosen evidence (quotes) by explaining the stylistic choices and diction of the
the theme. play, providing textual evidence. This will allow students to review their understanding of how the diction and rhetoric is
evidence (quotes), and important in portraying the character’s development but also the overall themes and concepts of
explaining the connections the play.
with thoughtful
Unit Resources:
The Crucible

Useful Websites:

iMovie Tutorial:
Arthur Miller Interview:
Simpsons Witch Trial Spoof:
My Teacher Site: