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An Exploration of The Crucible through Seventeenth-Century Portraits

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An Exploration of The Crucible through Seventeenth-Century Portraits

Grades 9 – 12
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Five 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Kathy Kottaras

Pasadena, California


National Council of Teachers of English


Materials and Technology

Student Interactives






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Trading Card Creator

Grades   3 – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Organizing & Summarizing

Trading Card Creator

This tool provides a fun and useful way to explore a variety of topics such as a character in a book, a person or place from history, or even a physical object. An excellent tool to for summarizing or as a prewriting exercise for original stories.


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  1. Students should have finished reading act 1 of The Crucible. You might choose to assign the character before they start reading, so that students could trace and take notes on the characterization as they read.  Students may use the Crucible Characterization handout to assist them with notetaking.
  2. Preview background material related to early American art and portraiture at such websites as those listed below.  After reviewing these, select background information to share with the students during Session Two.
  3. Arrange access to computers with Internet access for all sessions.  Prepare bookmarks of the online gallery, “Early American Paintings” at the Worcester Art Museum and portraits of the Chosen Leaders and the Clergy at The Winthrop Society.  Also, familiarize yourself with and prepare a bookmark of the Character Trading Cards.
  4. Gather an LCD projector and materials for art project:  butcher paper or poster board, paint or markers, glue, scissors and magazines for collage, etc., and to hang portraits in the classroom.
  5. Photocopy Character Portrait Assignment and Rubric.


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