October 17

American playwright Arthur Miller born

October 17, 1915

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  • Dramatizing History in Arthur Miller's "The Crucible"
    Lesson Plan / Art & Culture
    Dramatizing History in Arthur Miller's "The Crucible"

    By closely reading historical documents and attempting to interpret them, students consider how Arthur Miller interpreted the facts of the Salem witch trials and how he successfully dramatized them in his play, The Crucible. As they explore historical materials, such as the biographies of key players (the accused and the accusers) and transcripts of the Salem Witch trials themselves, students will be guided by aesthetic and dramatic concerns: In what ways do historical events lend themselves (or not) to dramatization? What makes a particular dramatization of history effective and memorable?

British forces under General Burgoyne surrender to American troops in Saratoga, N.Y., a turning point in the war.

October 17, 1777

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  • Lesson 1: The War in the North, 1775–1778
    Lesson Plan / History & Social Studies
    Lesson 1: The War in the North, 1775–1778

    Lacking any organized army before 1775 (aside from local colonial militias), the Continental Congress had to assemble a more or less improvised fighting force that would be expected to take on the army of the world's largest empire. This lesson will trace events in the North from 1775 to 1778. By looking at documents of the time, and using an interactive map, students will see how an army was created and understand the challenges that Washington and his men faced during this critical early stage of the war.

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