Juniors: Bridging Units–Rhetoric and Arthur Miller’s The Crucible

To begin the week, students will be given a revision task to improve their Presidential Debate Rhetorical Analysis essays for a separate grade. They will also complete another practice on-demand writing task, using the Criterion software. For the remainder of the week, students will be introduced to The Crucible, a play written in 1953 about the Salem Witchcraft Trials. We will read excerpts from Jonathan Edward’s famous sermon, “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God,” considering how the minister uses rhetorical strategies to appeal to his Puritan audience. We will conclude the week by reading the opening narration and historical context of the play in class, practicing the skill of outlining as a tool for comprehension.

Parents, how can you help?

  • Readers Workshop is worth 20% of your child’s quarter grade. Consider checking in about the book they are reading, encouraging your child to try new genres and more challenging texts.