AP Lang: What Really Happened


  • ELAGSE11-12RI6 Determine an author’s point of view or purpose in a text in which the rhetoric is particularly effective, analyzing how style and content contribute to the power, persuasiveness, or beauty of the text. Georgia ELA
  • ELAGSE11-12RI7 Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented indifferent media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively) as well as in words in order to address a question or solve a problem. Georgia ELA
  • ELAGSE11-12RI1 Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain. Georgia ELA

Learning Target
Students will analyze an article about the veracity of The Crucible and analyze how authors might sensationalize stories to get a specific reaction from the audience.

Opening Session

Work Session
Today we’re reading an article titled “The Crucible: Fact or Fiction?” that really goes into some awesome detail about exactly what happened in history versus in the play.

Read and SOAPSTone the article, then make a T-chart in which you list the events of history on one side and the alternate events of the play on the other. Then, I want you to consider why Miller might have made some of the specific choices that he did to rewrite history.

Write a paragraph in which you specifically name one or two of the ways Miller changed history, then analyze WHY he made that decision. What affect did that change have on the play? On the audience? Or did he change the play for a completely different reason, such as racism or another prejudice?

Closing Session
With whatever time we have left, grab your books and read Act III. You will need to have the entire act read when you get back here on Monday 🙂

Assessment Strategies
Formative (T-charts and paragraph checks)

Process (Scaffolding, annotated text as needed)

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