'I think 'The Crucible' works really well as a Human Experiences text because it remains so accessible and relevant. With a cast of over twenty characters, it certainly covers a broad range of perspectives and addresses virtually everything in the RUBRIC outline. The NESA sample unit gives some ideas about how to approach it for the 'Common Module' but I would probably choose different sample 'related' texts. Something I found useful when teaching the text, was to use stills from different theatre productions as discussion triggers for 'what', 'how' and 'why' witch-hunts arise with such speed and intensity. There are so many images available it is a shame not to use them. I also used to create flash cards with different 'stop and drop' writing prompts on them. Helped keep them interested in the 'human' story that makes the play so powerful. I also used them to compare and contrast how different productions reinvented the play in so many ways. Looking at the many monologues in the play was always an interesting way to explore core motivations and how they shift throughout the play. It also moved the analysis away from key quotes and addressed some of the 'dramatic' literary devices and techniques in more detail. I have attached some useful resources and some clip sites for different productions of the play to compare how key scenes have been handled. I will be begin work on '1984' tomorrow but if I still had a Year 12 class, I think I would stay with 'The Crucible' if the text selection worked out that way. A tricky process from what many teachers have said. Hope you find some of 'The Crucible' resources useful.
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