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The Crucible | Summer Camp for Script Reading & Discussion

In this camp we will read and discuss Arthur Miller's four-act 1953 play "The Crucible" while learning more about the Puritans, the Witch Trials, and McCarthyism and analyzing the work through anti-racist and feminist lenses.
Beth Foster
286 total reviews for this teacher
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year olds
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Meets 5x per week
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90 minutes per class

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There are multiple learning goals in this class. The first is to read and understand Arthur Miller's  play "The Crucible," while also examining it through anti-racist and feminist lenses. Students will learn the history that shapes the play, including more about the Puritans, the Salem Witch Trials, and McCarthyism. Students will work with literary concepts such as allegory and metaphor, as well as learning and using common theater concepts and tools such as casting, scripts, and stage directions. There will be ample opportunities for critical thinking as we analyze and discuss the play and history and current events in relation to the play. 
I am currently enrolled in my final course through the Gettysburg College-Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History master of arts in American history program. In addition, I have bachelor of arts degrees in English, journalism, and political science. I was the director of a social justice center for three years during which time I routinely taught about and facilitated conversations about historical and current political events for both teen and adults participants. Before that, I was a newspaper editor and reporter for 15 years. I have been teaching history, social studies, and English Language Arts classes for the past five years. I am currently lead teacher at The Foster Woods Folk School, which focuses on education, storytelling, and the arts within an ecosocial justice framework aimed at celebrating and improving our connections as a global community of human and non-human earthlings. In this role, I work with learners of all ages with a primary focus of working with learners in grades three through 12.  
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Arthur Miller's "The Crucible"
7 hours 30 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
The Crucible includes mature themes. Among these are a teenage girl who has an affair with a married man. The story is often intense and there are depictions of violence, abuse, slavery, and death. Arthur Miller presents the play's sole character of color, Tituba, using racist stereotypes and caricatures. We will discuss racism, patriarchy, colonization, religion, and current events as part of analyzing the play. Students will be encouraged to make connections with current events and this will lead to conversations about current political debates. My objective when this happens is to facilitate a civil, thoughtful, learner-led conversation in which students arrive at connections through their own analysis. 

Below are some of the sources consulted for the lecture portion of the course: 
Arthur Miller's "The Crucible" 
"Why I Wrote 'The Crucible'" - Arthur Miller in "The New Yorker" 
"Again They Drink From the Cup of Suspicion"- Arthur Miller in "The New York Times" 
"Massachusetts Clears 5 From Salem Witch Trials" - "The New York Times" 
"Stirring Up Trouble with ‘The Crucible’ | Challenging the Classics" - "School Library Journal" 
"CHAT: Disrupting 'The Crucible" - "Disrupt Texts"
"Tituba, Reluctant Witch of Salem: Devilish Indians and Puritan Fantasies" - Elaine G. Breslaw
"The Devil in the Shape of a Woman: Witchcraft in Colonial New England" - Carol F. Karlsen
"Double Portrayed: Tituba, Racism and Politics" - Önder Çakırtaş in "International Journal of Language Academy"
"Re(dis)covering the Witches in Arthur Miller's The Crucible: A Feminist Reading," - "Wendy Schissel" in "Modern Drama"
"Studio Theatre’s ‘John Proctor Is the Villain’ rethinks ‘The Crucible’" - "The Washington Post"
"The historical truth about women burned at the stake in America? Most were Black." - Kali Nicole Gross in "The Washington Post"
"Unraveling the Many Mysteries of Tituba, the Star Witness of the Salem Witch Trials" - Stacy Schiff in "Smithsonian Magazine"
"From Salem to McCarthy" - Chicago Public Library
"Have You No Sense of Decency?" - United States Senate
"McCarthyism and the Red Scare: A Reference Guide" - William T. Walker


Beth Foster
Lives in the United States
The Foster Woods Folk School, Teaching the Humanities Within an EcoSocial Justice Framework
286 total reviews
225 completed classes

About Me

From ancient times, humans have used stories to better understand themselves and their place in the universe. Stories explain our past and how we can create a better time and world for ourselves and those who will come after us. This is the heart... 
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