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May 15, 2013

Congratulations to the students who represented the grade 12 class at the speech festival – Betsie, Katelyn, Branden M., Erika, Erica, and Colin.  All of the students did an amazing job!

We have a few stragglers to finish speeches but for the most part, we are done.  Today we worked on creating a character chart for The Crucible.  You want to describe the characters’ personalities and then find “evidence” from the play to explain how you know the character demonstrates that trait.

Next class we will begin reading Act 2.

May 9, 2013

We have had the pleasure of listening to some awesome speeches this week!  It really does demonstrate that the process of participating in oral presentations pays off, as is it very evident that you are all practiced public speakers by grade 12.  I am very impressed!

We will be selecting 4 or 5 students to represent the grade 12 class at our school Speech Festival on Tuesday, May 14th.

On Monday we will finish up the speeches and then continue our discussion of Act 1 of The Crucible.

May 3, 2013

We have now finished reading Act 1 of The Crucible.  Some important things to make note of:

  • major themes – hypocrisy, guilt, revenge, authority, hysteria, integrity/courage
  • atmosphere – fear created by witchcraft, bleakness, it is tense and somber
  • in a sense, the entire play is an historical allusion
  • use of backstory
  • lots of foreshadowing
  • allagorical narration
  • key “players” in Act 1 – Parris, Abigail, Hale, Putnams, Proctor, Rebecca
  • important conflicts – Abigail vs the Proctors, John Proctor vs himself

Don’t forget that our two classes next week will be devoted to speeches.  Those of you not attending the music festival with jazz band need to be prepared to present your speech on Tuesday, May 7th, the remaining speeches will be on Thursday, May 9th

April 30, 2013

Because so many students were on the Physics 11/12 Playland trip, we used this class to work on speeches or to finish the Crucible pre-reading inquiry questions.

Just a reminder that several of you will be gone for Jazz Band on May 7th, our scheduled first day of speeches. Those of you not in Jazz Band can expect to do your speech on that day – those of you in Jazz Band will do your speech on May 9th.

We have class both Thursday and Friday this week.  We will be reading Act 1 of The Crucible.  To make the most of this oral reading experience, it is best if you have pre-read the material.  You can expect that everyone will read aloud at some point during our study of The Crucible 🙂

April 24, 2013

Today you received a print-out of your term 3 mark.  Remember to check it over carefully for errors or omissions.  If you have any questions do not hesitate to come see me.  Your mark should never be a surprise.

After silent reading we began talking about our speech topic…

As I move on to this next phase of my life…

We brainstormed possible ideas for the speech and then you were given time to work on it.  Don’t forget that we will begin presenting our speeches on May 7th.  Your speech should be 4 to 5 minutes long.

Next class we will begin discussing The Crucible, by Arthur Miller.