A few weeks ago, my dear friend and fellow Bruin alum teacher, Carmen shared pictures of her students reenacting scenes from Romeo and Juliet. The students seemed so engaged in owning their unique spins on the Shakespearean classic that I had to ask her if I could share her class photos to inspire our English teacher community here at Simply Novel to try a similar project with any drama on next year's reading list. We are all about adding to the collective tool boxes of secondary English teachers and I think this is definitely a fun one to file away!
I'm in the midst of teaching Arthur Miller's play, The Crucible, which I absolutely love for the end of the American Lit school year since it so eloquently ties together early and modern America. We have been doing Streetcar Named Desire for the last few years, but made the switch back to The Crucible this year, so it was time to revamp my curriculum and dust off the cobwebs on my brain! I've been using the Common Core Aligned Unit from Simply Novel, which has been saving my life (especially since I am almost 8 months pregnant)! It is chock full of meaningful activities, assessments, and resources for teaching the play. Today I want to share a supplemental, cross-curricular activity that I tried this year. Where it works, the English department at my school likes to collaborate with the social science department to enrich both of our curricula and help students make connections. The most obvious links in my class are between American literature and US History, but this activity links the Arthur Miller play with psychology, a popular social science elective at my school.