I am currently editing my Textual Study Booklet for this play and thought I could share some resources I have come across during my research.
Simplistic Study Guides are of little use besides giving an overview of the text but 'Theatre Guides' are often far more informative because they tend to more focused on the play's 'dramatic' elements'. This makes them a useful pre-study tool, allowing students to get a sense of the historical context or exigency that links to what is explored within the play itself. What it can save is valuable 'time' which always impacts on how a text is taught and how long can be spent developing student analytical writing skills.
I have attached one of the best 'Theatre Study Guides' I came across . I think it gives a sound overview of the Salem situation and would give students useful prior knowledge that would inform discussion from the opening lesson.
My aim is to provide useful resources via this blog to help teachers prepare for Term IV.
Collaboration and resource sharing lightens the load for everyone. I have therefore attached a useful Theatre Study Guide and copy of Arthur Miller's Essay, 'Tragedy and the Common Man' to get things started.
I welcome any comments about how we could achieve this via a newsletter or something similar.
A new more 'modern' website is under construction but in the interim, this one will have to suffice.