Sunday, November 28, 2010

Welcome back, Juniors

Dear Juniors,
I hope you had a relaxing Thanksgiving break. If you missed class, we completed the following in class:

1. We watched ACT 1 of The Crucible.
2. We then completed the questions for ACT 1 on your study guide.
3. We continued with identifying the different themes located within Act 1.

1. QUIZ on WED. covering ACT 1. The quiz has several parts. PART 1: You must identify the characters referenced from the given quote. PART 2: You must identify the character that is speaking. PART 3: You will be given several questions pertaining to events within ACT 1. PART 4: You must identify the six themes within the play, and then include an example from ACT 1 which illustrates the specified theme.


2. ARTICLE #4 is due on Friday. Please include 7-10 annotations/notations/page/using ALL your colors.

PRACTICE QUIZ: For each question correctly answered on the practice quiz, 1/2 point of extra-credit will be added to your official quiz score.
Directions: Identify the speaker for the following quotes.

1."Goody Proctor is a gossiping liar." _________________
2. "What constitutes the reading of strange books, Mr. Hale?" _______________
3.  "Here is the invisible world. In this book, the Devil stands stripped of all his brute disguises."
4. "Why am I constantly persecuted here? I am not use to this poverty. I left a thifty business in the Barbados." _________________
5.  "I think she'll wake when she tires of it." ________________
6. "That tract is in my bounds. My bounds, sir. It stands clear in my grandfather's will that everything from the north pasture on wards is......" ___________________
7.  "Witchery is a hang'in error like they done in Boston two year ago. We'll only be whipped for the danc'in." ________________
8. "I know it, sir. I sent my child--she should learn from Tituba who murdered her sisters." __________
9. "The Devil is precise; the marks of his presence are definite as stone, and I must tell you all that I shall not proceed unless you are prepared to believe me." ________________
10. "Abby, put it out of mind. I'll not be coming for you more." _____________________

I look forward to seeing you on Wed.

Monday, November 22, 2010

We completed ACT 1 of THE CRUCIBLE today in class!

Dear Juniors,

If you missed class, we completed the following:

1. Everyone submitted their "Irony Essay Revision."
2. We then continued with ACT 1. As we read we answered the questions on your study guide pertaining to  ACT 1. We also obtained quotes from Act 1 that correspond to the six themes within The Crucible.

WELL DONE with reading the play with emotion, cute kids. I am proud of you!

1. NONE! Enjoy your Thanksgiving holiday; I look forward to seeing you in a week.


Wednesday, November 17, 2010


Dear Juniors,

If you missed class, we completed the following:

1. We reviewed some problems you had in your "Irony Essays." I then returned the essays to their "owners." Please obtain the information you missed.

2. Journal #5 "Crucible: Bullying"
                 According to "Article #3" why do individuals bully? What causes individual to not report instances of bullying? What questions did you ask regarding the article? Have you experienced bullying? What were the circumstances? Do you know individuals that have been bullied? What happened? Did you do anything to stop the bullying? Are you guilty of "bullying" if you witness it occur, and do nothing to stop it?

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

We had a slight "GLITCH" in the schedule today....

Dear Juniors,

What did we do in class, Crampton?

1. Everyone received a copy of Article #3, which is due on THURSDAY. Please annotate using red and then ONE OTHER COLOR of your choice  (Annotate/notate 8-10/page). I realize that the final page of the article is only two paragraphs in length, but you can easily include 2-3 annotations/notations for the final page.  IF YOU MISSED CLASS, I have placed several copies of the article outside the room on the bulletin board.

2. Each student received a copy of the "Crucible Study Guide" and a copy of the "Crucible Theme Sheet." We will use these in class as we progress through the play.

3. We completed vocabulary for ACT 1. Please obtain the definitions from someone else in class. We will begin reading the play on THURSDAY.

p.s. Our "glitch" involved having to attend an orientation concerning "Internet Scams." All junior English classes were required to attend this meeting. It is valuable for you; however, it took an hour to complete.

I look forward to seeing you on Thursday!

Friday, November 12, 2010

False Accusations....

Dear Juniors,

If you missed class today, we completed the following:

1. Journal #4: "Crucible: False Accusations"
           In your opinion, why are people considered guilty before any evidence exists that proves otherwise? The student in "Article #2" was not guilty; yet, everyone assumed that he had "committed the crime." Have you ever been falsely accused of a "crime that you did not commit?" Tell me about it. What were the circumstances behind the accusations. What was the outcome. I hope it was positive for you!

2. We completed and corrected our "Introductory Quiz" to The Crucible.

3. We then learned more about the characters in Act 1 of the play, and we selected parts to begin reading the play. Yes, we will begin on TUESDAY!


Enjoy your weekend

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

We completed the introductory information covering the Puritan culture today in class!

Dear Juniors,

If you missed class, we completed the following:

1. We finished the visual presentations regarding the Puritan culture. If you missed class, please make sure you obtain this information from another student. The information is located on the white handout entitled "Introductory Information on The Crucible."

2. We practiced having "fun" with the STOCKS!

3. We watched a movie clip concerning Arthur Miller and his development of the play.

1. Plan on a QUIZ covering the introductory information on Friday.
2. Article #2 is also due on Friday.

I will see you soon!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Why Innocent People Commit to Crimes

Dear Juniors,

If you missed class we completed the following:

1. Journal #3: "Crucible: Why Innocent People Confess to Crimes"

Please divide your paper horizontally into three sections. Please label each section in the following way: Part1, Part 2 and Part 3.

Part 1: Please respond to the following question. In three to four sentences identify how the article entitled "Why Innocent People Confess to Crimes" relate to events within The Crucible. I realize that you haven't started the play; however, you know enough from our class discussions that you can fully answer the above question.

Part 2: Did you ask any questions for your notations? Basically, did you annotate using RED, my young friends? What questions did you ask? List them for Part 2.

Part 3: What were your impressions regarding Det. Davis' discussion with you? Can you answer any of the questions you asked for Part 2? If so, do so now. If not, did any questions arise while you listened to Det. Davis?

1. Please read, annotate and notate "Article #2" concerning a high school falsely accused of slander towards a teacher. Please include 11-15 annotates/notations/page. Use all the colors!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

The CRUCIBLE visuals today in class...

Dear Juniors,

If you missed class today, we completed the following:

1. I returned the responses for your "Interactive Crucible" assignment. We reviewed your answers.

2. Everyone submitted their research assignment concerning The Crucible.  Each topic group then worked together concerning the creation of a visual associated with their specific topic. If you missed class, you will not be able to make up the visual participation points, but please submit your research assignment to me as soon as you return to school.

3. The visuals will be used in class next week in order to assist you with developing greater schema concerning The Crucible.

1. Please read "Crucible: Article of the Week #1" for Monday. Please identify 11-15 annotations/notations, and then notate using ALL the colors.

Enjoy your weekend! I look forward to seeing you on Monday!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

THE CRUCIBLE continued....

Dear Juniors,

1. PLEASE REMEMBER THAT YOUR RESEARCH assignment is due on Thursday. Allow me to remind you of the requirements:
  • 1. A list of the points concerning your specific topic that you found interesting.
  • 2. An include annotated/notated (10-15) copy of the source I gave you.
  • 3. An included annotated/notated copy of the additional source you found via the Internet.
  • 4. Works Citation page indicating your sources (Remember that I gave you the citation information for the source I shared with you in class. You must reference both sources.)
2. We completed the "Story Synopsis" that you received last class period. Please make sure you obtain this information from another student.

3. We watched a clip from Monte Python and the Holy Grail concerning witches. You had a journal entry concerning the clip;

Journal #2:
 Crucible: How does the clip from Monte Python relate to events within The Crucible?

4. We then went to the writing lab where we participated in an interactive website regarding the Salem witch trials of 1692. If you missed class, you will need to complete the exercise involving the website at home. The following is the address:
In order to complete the assignment associated with the website please respond to the following. Print off a copy of your responses in association with the interactive web page.

Instructions: Please read through the "Introduction" on the website.
                      Please read through the "Prologue" and answer the following questions:

1. According to 1 Peter5:8. Satan can find representation in what animal?
2. In your opinion, why does this animal seem a fitting metaphor for the devil?
3. What kind of town was Salem?
4. What divisive issue plagued the town of Salem?
5. In 1689 who was the first religious lead in Salem?
6. Why did so many villagers despise the reverend?
7. Who mesmerized Betty and Abigail with exciting stories?
8. Identify the three women initially accused of witchcraft?
9. What did Tituba tell the villagers?

Now clip on "Experience the Trials." Proceed through this interactive activity to have a concept for what Salem was like in 1692.  In a well developed paragraph, indicate your thoughts and feelings regarding what you read. You may use first person pronouns in your response.

I look forward to seeing you on Thursday!