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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


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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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Grades   8 – 12  |  Professional Library  |  Journal

A Failure of the Imagination

This article discusses the imaginative activities and assignments that teachers often assign that violate the text around which the lesson is focused and that mislead students about its meaning.


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