Classroom Library Check-Out

House on Mango Street Webquest

Told in a series of vignettes stunning for their eloquence, The House on Mango Street is Sandra Cisneros’s greatly admired novel of a young girl growing up in the Latino section of Chicago. Acclaimed by critics and beloved by children, it has quickly entered the canon of coming-of-age classics. Sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes deeply joyous, The House on Mango Street tells the story of Esperanza Cordero, whose neighborhood is one of harsh realities and harsh beauty.

In order to prepare for our reading of this text, please do all the tasks for the following WebQuest:

http://www.teachnology.com/teachers/lesson_plans/computing/webquest1/HouseonMangoStreet.html

McCarthyism

The Situation: Your class will be reading The Crucible by Arthur Miller. In order to better comprehend and appreciate the play, the students should know that the play can be read as an allegory to Joseph McCarthy and his hunt for communism in American society during the 1950’s.

Your Task: Research Joseph McCarthy and the activities of HUAC. In your research, be sure to answer the questions below. Prepare to present your findings to the rest of the class.

1. Short definition of Communism. Describe America’s attitude toward communists and communism during the late 40’s and early 50’s.

2. Who was the President of the United States during this time?

3. What is containment? The domino theory?

4. Who is Joseph McCarthy? Provide a short biography.

5. What speech did he make, and how did it kick off the Red Scare?

6. What is HUAC? Describe its mission under McCarthy.

7. Who were the Hollywood Ten, and what happened to them?

8. When such people as Larry Parker and Roy Huggins “named names,” what happened to the people they named? If you were “named” and refused to talk, what happened?

9. List some people who couldn’t work and tell why.

10. Who were McCarthy’s “helpers” on HUAC? What was their role?

11. Ultimately, what was McCarthy’s fate? Explain fully. When and how did he go too far?

12. What was the HUAC renamed in 1969? What is its status today?

13. Prediction: What bearing does all of this have on the play we are about to read?

Some sites to help you get started:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McCarthyism
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_McCarthy
http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/USAmccarthyism.htm
http://history.howstuffworks.com/american-history/mccarthyism.htm
http://www.bookrags.com/research/mccarthyism-aaw-04/

Arthur Miller

The Situation: Your class is going to read The Crucible by Arthur Miller. Your comprehension and appreciation of the play will be enhanced by knowledge of certain concepts central to the play’s plot and theme.

Your Task: Research and report on Arthur Miller, the author of the play, The Crucible. In researching your topic, be sure to include answers to the following questions:

1. Where and when was Arthur Miller born?

2. What award did The Crucible win?

3. Name the famous actress to whom he was married

4. Most of Miller’s work can be described as didactic. Define didactic and explain how you think this relates to Miller’s life and works.

5. Describe some key events in Miller’s life.

6. What were some other works written by Miller?

7. What were Miller’s political beliefs (include his communist connections)?

8. Include other pertinent information about Arthur Miller

Some sites to help you get started:

http://www.kirjasto.sci.fi/amiller.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_Miller
http://www.ibiblio.org/miller/life.html

Religion

The Situation: Your class is going to read The Crucible by Arthur Miller. Your comprehension and appreciation of the play will be enhanced by knowledge of certain concepts central to the play’s plot and theme.

Your Task: Research and report on the topics of Covenant, The Ten Commandments, and Sabbath Day. In researching your topic, be sure to include answers to the following questions:

1. Define the meaning of Covenant and describe its role in religious context.

2. What are the Ten Commandments? Describe in detail.

3. List the Commandments and describe their role in various world religions (Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Buddhism…)

4. What is meant by the Sabbath Day? Give interpretations from various world religions.

5. Predict how these concepts will have a bearing on The Crucible.

6. Google Old Time Religion. This is a song. Read or listen to the lyrics. What is its theme? Does this have any influence on the play we are about to read (Prediction)? Why or why not?

Some sites to help you get started:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Covenant_(biblical)
http://ldolphin.org/Covn.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ten_Commandments
http://www.the-ten-commandments.org/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sabbath
http://www.sabbath-day.net/

The Protestant Reformation

The Situation: Your class will be reading The Crucible by Arthur Miller. In order to appreciate this play, it is helpful to understand the culture of the Puritans. You are assigned the following topic to research and present to the class.

Your Task: Investigate and report on the Protestant Reformation. In researching your topic, answer the following questions.

1. What was the Protestant Reformation?

2. Outline the causes of the Protestant Reformation

3. Describe the spread of Protestantism.

4. List and describe several consequences of the Protestant Reformation.

5. Identify the following figures and give a brief description of their role in the Reformation:

Martin Luther
John Calvin
John Wycliffe
John Hus
William Tyndale
Henry VIII of England
Which person listed above had a direct influence on the Puritans? In what way? Explain.

Some sites to help you get started:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Protestant_Reformation
http://www.theopedia.com/Protestant_Reformation
http://www.medieval-life-and-times.info/medieval-religion/protestant-reformation.htm

The Salem Witch Trials

The Situation: Your class will be reading The Crucible by Arthur Miller. In order to appreciate this play, it is helpful to understand the Salem Witch Trials. You are assigned the following topic to research and present to the class.

Your Task: Investigate and report the Salem Witch Trials. In researching your topic, answer the following questions about the Salem Witch Trials.
Questions to Answer:

1. What were some beliefs about witchcraft and witches people held in the past?

2. What were the Salem witchcraft trials?

3. What are some possible explanations for the Salem witchcraft trials?

4. What options did an accused witch have in Salem?

5. How quickly did things get out of hand in Salem?

6. How long did the Salem witchcraft trials go on for?

7. What sort of evidence was used to arrest accused witches?

8. Do “witch hunts” still happen?

Can you think of anything else that has happened in this country that would also be considered a “witch hunt”?

Some sites to help you get started:

http://www.eyewitnesstohistory.com/salem.htm
http://www.nationalgeographic.com/salem/
http://law2.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/salem/ASAL_CH.HTM
http://law2.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/salem/ASAL_WA.HTM
http://www.cavalierdaily.com/2010/11/12/modern-day-witch-hunts/