Sunday, December 16, 2012

Friday, December 14th, 2012

Dear Juniors,

STOP MISSING CLASS, my young friends!

This is what we completed on Friday!

1. Everyone worked in their "Memoir Groups" discussing the second third of their memoir. Each student submitted their corresponding yellow handout. If you missed class, in order to receive credit, you will need to complete the assignment on your own.

2. We then "performed" ACT 3 with the use of some costumes and props. It was so much fun, and I appreciate those that participated!


Sorry, guys, Friday is some what of a blur to me. I remember going through ACT 3 with you in class, but the rest is vague in my memory. DRUGS....I can't decide if I love or hate them! I appreciate your patience.

1. You must be ready for a quiz covering ACT 3! Let me explain how the quiz will be structured. Each student will randomly pull one of the following quotes:

  • "No." (Elizabeth speaking to Danforth)
  • "You are the Devil's man." (Mary Warren speaking to Proctor)
  • "I say God is dead." (Proctor speaking to the congregation)
Depending on the quote that you select, you will need to defend that quote as the climax within the play. You will write a body paragraph justifying why your quote acts as the climax. Each section has merit for representing the climax. One is stronger than the others, but each one possesses merit.

If you would like some extra-credit for the actual quiz on Tuesday, then you can complete the following:
  • Take each quote and explain WHY it could represent the climax....that's it for your extra-credit!

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Monday, December 10th, 2012

Dear Juniors,

If you missed class today, we completed the following:

1. Journal #4: Crucible: "Paying the price for her silence"
This article should have affected you! What emotions did you experience? What is your opinion regarding the young lady focused in the article? How can fear cause someone to compromise their integrity? How could she have watched the attack upon the counselor and DONE NOTHING to stop it? Why do people choose NOT TO ACT in times when ACTION is needed most? Consider your own character. Would you sit back and watch or would you act? Don't tell me that it depends on the situation. Are you a "doer" or a "watcher?" In addition, how does the concept of bullying connect to the article that you read for today. Feel free to return to your previous article to support this question. How do BOTH articles relate to events within The Crucible?

2. Students took their Act 2 Vocabulary Quiz and we corrected it.

3. Students were given the vocabulary words for Act 3

4. We started reading Act 3.

1. Remember that your "Memoir" session is set of Friday! If you haven't read your second third of your book, then you need to work on this asap.
2. Students were asked to read  up to page       in The Crucible. 

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Monday, November 26th, 2012

Dear Juniors,

WELCOME BACK from your THANKSGIVING holiday; I hope you had a relaxing break!

If you missed class on Monday, we completed the following:
1. You were introduced to a new assignment entitled "Hell, Fire, and Damnation." Please see the explanation for it located below. Your sermon is due on Friday, November 30th.

2. You were introduced to the characters associated with Act 2.
3. You were introduced to the vocabulary words associated with Act 2.
4. Students completed the traits regarding the "tragic hero."
5. We started reading ACT 2.

Hell, Fire, and Damnation….
DUE DATE:________________
Now that you have a greater concept of the Puritan’s strict code, and Rev. Parris’ verbal abuse toward his congregation (hell, hell, and more hell), it is time for you to write your own “Hell, Fire, and Damnation” sermon. You may choose to have your sermon follow a 1692 Puritan theme, or it may follow a 21st century theme where you discuss aspects of your modern culture which you, as the preacher, feel will bring mankind closer to hell. Below, you will find two examples of past sermons. The first one is more of a modern day version, and the second follows the Puritan code. When I’ve given this assignment in the past, some of my students have chosen to mock aspects in our society that they believe would bring individuals closer to “Hell.” If you want to make fun of something go ahead and do so
Example #1
            The gapes of hell are beckoning you, for you have sinned and the wrath of God echoes through the halls of Timpanogos High School. He will seek to destroy you if do not change your licentious and carnal ways. Cursed be your name, as you have afflicted a public display of affection upon the innocent. The na├»ve eyes of the innocent victims see you touch, kiss and caress in the halls, thus causing God to boil with rage. Learn self-control, young sinners, or the Fiend will continue to taunt and tease you with lustful ways. Your evil thoughts must be removed. It is not wise to know your fellow classmates as you do. Gather the strength in yourself and reach out to heaven. If you do not then God will cut off your hand if you reach for your “lover” in the halls again, and force you to take an endless ice cold shower.  You must control your desires. This is your crucible, your test, to prove to God that you can overcome such a weakness. Search for the light of God. If not, Lucifer will drag you down to his fiery chaotic realm, where you will have a “red light” placed above your head forever.
Example #2
            The pit is prepared, the fire is made ready, the furnace is now hot and  ready to receive them who have altered from the path of the Lord. The flames of hell now rage and glow with excitement, as they await the unjust. You have the power to be forgiven and repent. Christ has thrown the door of mercy wide open, and stands at the door calling and crying with a loud voice to poor sinners; a say where many are flocking to him, and pressing into the kingdom of God. Many are daily coming from the east, west, north, and south; many that were very lately in the same miserable condition that you are in, are now in a happy state, with their hearts filled with love to him who has loved them, and washed them from their sins in his own blood, and rejoicing in hope of the glory of God. How awful is it to be left behind at such a day! To see so many others feasting, while you are perishing. If you do not come unto him, God will hold you over the pit of hell, much as one holds a spider, or some loathsome insect if the fire. Therefore, let everyone that is of Christ, awake and fly toward the redeemer before the fires of Hell burn your soul.
1.Your sermon must be TYPED, DOUBLE SPACED, using 12 POINT.
2. Your sermon should be at least ¾ in length.
3. Please structure your paper using MLA format.
4. You may use PASSIVE voice for this assignment as it is not an academic essay.
5. You must include one connection to The Crucible.  Please identify the connection with italicized/bold type.
6. You must include a minimum of five vocabulary words from ACT 1 in your “sermon.” Please identify the vocabulary words through underlined/bold type.
1. Your "Hell, Fire and Damnation" sermon is due on Wednesday!
2. AW #2 for The Crucible is due on Tuesday, December 4th.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Dear Juniors,

1.  QUIZ on THURSDAY. 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 four themes within the play, and then include an example from ACT 1 which illustrates the specified theme.


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." _____________________

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Dear Juniors,

1. Journal #3: "Crucible: Why Innocent People Confess to Crimes"
Please divide your paper horizontally into two sections. Please label each section in the following way: Part1 and Part 2

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 completed ACT 1 of the play; however, you know enough from our class discussions that you can fully answer the above question.

Part 2: What questions did you ask? I know that you were able to use all the colors, but I did ask you to specifically use RED. Please indicate the questions you asked for Part 2.

We continued reading Act 1!

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

Dear Juniors,

What did you do today in class, Mrs. Crampton?

1. We had each group share information regarding their particular Puritan topic. This information was recorded on the goldenrod colored handout that you have in your notebook entitled "Introductory Information on The Crucible."

In addition, two clips were shared with the class concerning Senator Joseph McCarthy. This gentleman falsely accused 205 Americans of communism during the 1950's; consequently, these individuals lost their jobs and were "black listed" by their friends. DOES THIS SOUND FAMILIAR? I have included an image of McCarthy below.

1. PLEASE review the information discussed in class today concerning Puritan culture. You will have a quiz over this information on MONDAY.
2. Keep reading your memoir.

Enjoy your weekend!