The Crucible and the Salem Witch Trials

Anticipation Guide

1. First, watch this video for background information on the Salem Witch Trials.

2. Then, read these brief explanations of Life in 1692, Religion and Witchcraft, Economic and Social Divisions, Puritan Children, and The People. Take notes on each.

3. Honors handout: Every honors student must follow the directions to fill out this sheet.

4. Check out these other resources:

A trailer for the movie. Helps with visualizing the characters and their lifestyles.

Below is a video made by high school English students comparing the events of the Salem Witch Trials with The Crucible and The Red Scare in the 1950s.

Character Study - in class activity - you will each do research on a character and share your findings.

YouTube Clips from the movie

Major Characters and Descriptions

As we read...

Things to Take Notes On

"Why I Wrote The Crucible" by Arthur Miller

Done Early? Go on a Witch Hunt or play "You're Accused!"


Quotation Explanation

Is John Proctor a Tragic Hero?

Jeopardy Review Game

Responses to The Manchurian Candidate

(Final Project Ideas)

Preparation for TEST


Archives of Salem Witch Trials

Images related to The Salem Witch Trials

Various Torture Methods

Witch Craft accusations in The Middle Ages - The Spanish Inquisition and the Malleus Maleficarum