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Activity Overview

A fun way for students to express their understanding of a story, its themes, and main characters, is to create a movie poster. As students read The Crucible, they will start to see certain themes and imagery reappear and may also have some ideas about critical scenes within the play. Have students create a movie poster, complete with a title, casting, and an image that conveys important information from the story.

To make this a class assignment, consider giving each student a different act or scene to focus on. When students complete their posters, they can be printed out and hung in the classroom.

For additional templates to add to this assignment, check out our movie poster templates!

Template and Class Instructions

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Student Instructions

Create a movie poster that evokes the theme, story, and other relevant information about The Crucible.

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Create an image for your movie poster using appropriate scenes, characters, and items.
  3. Add any additional information, like a tagline, actors, directors, etc.
  4. Save and exit when you're done.

Lesson Plan Reference

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Movie Poster
Pretend that your book is being made into a blockbuster movie! Create a Movie Poster that showcases the setting, character and a chosen scene or overarching theme of the story. Include the title and author of the book as well as a catchy slogan and a "critic's review" informing the audience why they should go to see the movie and briefly describing the story.
Proficient Emerging Beginning
Includes Title, Author, catchy slogan and a 1-3 sentence critic's review that accurately describes the story and why people should go to see the movie.
Missing one element of text.
Missing two or more elements of text.
Illustrations depict a scene or theme of the story with clear visuals including an appropriate scene, character, items, etc.
Illustrations depict a scene or theme from the story but are unclear or incomplete.
Illustrations do not depict a scene or theme from the story.

How To Make a Movie Poster For The Crucible Using StoryboardThat


Pick a Theme

In order to make a movie poster for the story, students can first identify and pick a theme for the poster. Themes are central ideas that are the backbone of the stories and students can visualize these ideas to depict an accurate representation of the story. This can be anything such as a turning point in the story, the main conflict, etc


Choose a Template

After students have an idea of how they want to represent the story, explain to them how they can choose a template for a movie poster on StoryboardThat. Students can pick a template of their choice or the one they think best represents their imagination.


Personalize the Template

According to their chosen themes, students can make changes to the template. Such as adding their own visualizations of the characters, taglines according to themes, and other information they think should be included in the poster. Students can also take references or help from their favorite movie posters and try to keep a target audience in mind while designing a poster.


Give Creative Freedom

Encourage the students to express their creativity as much as they want. They can choose their own color palettes for the poster and even draw the cover scene themselves. Encourage the students to add symbolism to their posters and use interesting wordplay for the taglines.


Save Before Leaving

After students are done with their posters ask them to save and download the posters before exiting the website. Students can also print these posters and hang them in the classroom for a poster display event where all the students can look at each other's posters and discuss their perspectives.

Frequently Asked Questions About Creating a Movie Poster for The Crucible

Can students incorporate symbolism in the movie poster for “The Crucible”?

Yes, using play-related symbols may give the poster more depth and significance. Students can illustrate these scenes by using symbolism such as a crucible itself, and symbols related to the witches such as the “hats”, “cauldrons”, or the “potions”. For a more mature poster, students can include images from the actual Salem trials or the items associated with them.

What details can the students add to a "The Crucible" movie poster?

A movie poster for "The Crucible" should feature important people like John Proctor, Abigail Williams, and other notable figures. Additionally, it ought to include representations of the Salem area, objects that represent the witch hunts, and perhaps a crucifix or other appropriate symbols. However, the students should have complete creative freedom and add elements according to their chosen themes.

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