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Literature: "The Crucible" by Arthur Miller

These sites for high school students are focused on the Salem witch trials and “The Crucible.” Was Arthur Miller’s play historically accurate? Seventeenth century New England is explored and there are also some sites for teachers. Maps, videos, and audio files are found to explain the happenings at Salem in 1692.


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The Library of Congress produced this page about the Salem witch trials.
Watch the six minute multimedia movie. Click on the link "The Story." The movie requires the Flash plug-in. Please wait for the video to load. This site also has "Teacher Tips." NOTE: The site includes ads.
Read this short synopsis of the play and the 1996 movie. Look at a picture of Arthur Miller. There is a link to clips of the movie.
This site by the UMKC law school has extensive information on all aspects of the trial. Excerpts from Cotton Mather's book, "Memorable Providences Relating To Witchcrafts and Possessions," are included. Play the "Salem Witchcraft Jeopardy."
This web quest compare the Salem Witch Trials to the Red Scare of the McCarthy Era.
This site is written by Margo Burns, a descendant of one of the accused witches, Rebecca (Towne) Nurse. Material on this site is from a historical perspective. Site has many links to resources including audio interviews requiring RealPlayer. NOTE: The site leads to websites with discussion boards. (forums, message boards, etc.)
This site has a narrative written in the first person by one of the accused witches. NOTE: The site includes ads.
Learn about the Salem Witch Trials through primary documents, maps, and more.
This site has an interactive map that shows the gravesites of some of the accused witches.
Look at the interactive time-line superimposed on the map of Salem Village. Click on "play" to animate map.
Lesson plan is for grades 9-12.
Students wrote the material found at this site. This site has two games.
This site has student authored material.
The Carey Document, a Salem death warrant, is apparently a forgery. Read about the evidence to support the claim against the authenticity of this document. NOTE: The site includes ads.
Use these activities to review vocabulary from the book.
Was blacklisting the same as witch hunting? Read this article and see what you think.
These resources are about the McCarthy trials and the communist scare. Here you can find lesson plans, activities, source documents, biographies, video clips, and more. Included is an eThemes resource on "The Crucible" by Arthur Miller.

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