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Anticommunism in Postwar America, 1945–1954: Witch Hunt or Red Menace?

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
From allies to enemies—the post-World War II period saw a dramatic shift in the relations between the United States and the Soviet Union. A three-lesson collection examines the turbulent period and the rise of the anti-communist...
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Ugly History: Witch Hunts

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Guilty until proven innocent? A short video tackles the question of why witch hunts occur by examining the history of these purges and the tests used to identify those suspect of working with the devil.
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Witches through History

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Spark interest in a historic phenomena that lasted over 1000 years. The topic, witch hunts throughout history! A timeline beginning in 1000 BC follows how various religious groups have persecuted those thought to be witches up through...
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Witch Hunt or Red Menace? Anticommunism in Postwar America, 1945-1954

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students investigate what constitutes an "un-American" activity and why Soviet espionage was such an important issue in the 1940's and 1950's. Joseph McCarthy's impact on American anticommunism is examined in this instructional activity....
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Witch Hunt or Red Menace? Anticommunism in Postwar America, 1945-1954

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students investigate the goals and methods of the House Un-American Activities Committee and offer an opinion regarding whether their investigation of Hollywood was justifiable.
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What is McCarthyism? And how did it happen?

For Students 9th - 12th
Who was Joseph McCarthy and why is his name synonymous with witch hunts? What were the factors that permitted the political repression of the 1950s to flourish? Could the same thing happen today? An intriguing video traces the rise and...
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Which of You Is A Witch?

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Learners gain comprehensive background knowledge of the Salem witch trials in preparation for reading Arthur Miller's The Crucible. They participate in a role-play activity designed to simulate a modern day witch-hunt.
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Kazan, Miller, and the McCarthy Era

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers read The Crucible in order to investigate the McCarthy era and the Hollywood Blacklist. Students watch video clips of the McCarthy witch hunts and investigate the time period through online research. High schoolers...
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Whose Business Is It Anyway? McCarthyism and Its Effect on Individual Rights

For Teachers 8th
Students explore the concept of individual rights. In this McCarthyism lesson, students determine how government may affect the rights of individuals as they examine the Constitution, participate in class discussions, and research the...
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The Crucible: Hysteria, Witches and Death

For Teachers 11th
Eleventh graders explore the historical events of the Salem witch trials. After completing research and reading a play on the witch trials, 11th graders compare and contrast the historical facts to the fictional play. In groups, students...
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The Crucible by Arthur Miller

For Teachers 9th
Understanding the historical context of Arthur Miller's The Crucible is an important part in understanding the play itself. Over 25 slides, the audience learns details of Miller's early childhood and some major events that were happening...
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McCarthyism: 60 Years Later

For Students 9th - 12th
Explore legendary cartoonist Herb Block's bold challenge of McCarthy-era politics through this analysis activity. Two cartoons are included, along with talking points to prompt analysis and background information to help pupils "read...
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SOPA and PIPA

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Your learners will be very interested to learn about the Stop Online Piracy Act and how copyright infringement was challenged by a bill introduced into the United States Congress in 2012. The video provides an overview of the the bill's...
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Main Idea Worksheet 4

For Students 4th - 8th
Does your class or do individual learners need more practice determining the main idea of a passage of informational text? Here is a worksheet containing seven exercises that asks kids to read short paragraphs, summarize the passage in...
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Expository Writing: The Crucible

For Teachers 8th - 12th
In this expository writing worksheet, students are given an article on religion to read. Students must answer comprehension questions based on the reading and write a summary of the information.
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The Berlin Airlift

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Young scholars examine a document from the Berlin Airlift in order to research his important event in World History.
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The Witch of Blackbird Pond

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Students read and analyze the novel, 'The Witch of Blackbird Pond.' They list choices they have in society today, conduct a debate on freedom, role-play interviews with characters from the novel, create a timeline of a character, and...
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Crucible Test

For Students 12th - Higher Ed
In this literature analysis instructional activity, students write a paragraph using quotes and specific examples as an essay test of The Crucible.

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