The Crucible Essay

1. Reverend Hale is a dynamic character, in that he evolves during the play. To what does he evolve, and why? What pressures directly influence his “research” of the citizens of Salem, and what does he learn from them that facilitates his change?

2. Judge Danforth pursues accusations of witchcraft relentlessly. Analyze his motivation and factors that lead him to make such erroneous judgements.

3. Who is ultimately more central to this story: John Proctor or Abigail Williams? What did John mean by his anguished cries of “Because it is my name! Because I cannot have another in my life! Because I lie and sign myself to lies! Because I am not worth the dust on the feet of them that hang! How may I live without my name? I have given you my soul; leave me my name!” Is John a “real” Puritan? Is Abigail?


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August 2019
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August 19 Pupil Free Day August 26 Totally Free? Summary
August 20 First day for students August 27 Schoology Password and Login
August 21 Bookroom August 28 11th Grade Assembly
August 22 Book Introduction and first labeling August 29 Literature Discussion. What is an American?
August 23 Schoology, Seating Chart, Totally Free?  
September 2019
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September 3 Creation Myth Introduction, The World on a Turtle's Back September 17 Aesops Fables
September 5 The Functions of Creation Myth, The World on a Turtle's Back September 18 Zulu , Chinese , Hindu , Norse Creation Myths
September 6 The World on a Turtle's Back, The World on a Turtle's Back Cartoon September 19 Cultrural Similarities, Study GuideCreation, Cornell Notes Introduction
September 9 The Coyote Stories: Coyote and Buffalo September 20 Study Guide (Cheat Sheet) Workshop
September 10 The Coyote Stories: Fox, Coyote and Whale September 23 Unit 1 Test, Unit 2 Inntroduction
September 11 September 11 Discussion and Daily Paragraph Introduction September 24 Introduction to The Colonies,
September 12 Cornell Notes Introduction September 25 America Before Columbus, Daily Paragraph #3
September 13 The Way to Rainy Mountain by Scott Momaday September 26 La Relacion by Cabeza de Vaca, The Travels of Marco Polo
September 16 The Way to Rainy Mountain September 27 Olaudah Equiano

Unit 2

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October 2019

Date Assignment / Activity Date Assignment / Activity
October 1 Terms of Peace between Native Americans and Pilgrims, The Mayflower Song October 17 The Crucible
October 2 On Plymouth Plantation, Forms of 'Text,' and Maya Angelou Introduction October 18 The Crucible
October 3 My Sojourn in the Lands of My Ancestors by Maya Angelou October 19 The Crucible
October 4 From Colony to Country, Intro to Puritan Beliefs, 17th Century North America October 21 The Crucible
October 7 Introductions to the Puritans October 23 The Crucible
October 8 The Puritan way of life October 24 The Examination of Sarah Good, 1692
October 9 Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God by Jonathan Edwards October 25 The Crucible
October 10 Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God October 28 The Crucible
October 11 Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God October 29 The Crucible
October 14 PSAT Prep, Parent/Teacher Conferences October 30 The Crucible
October 15 Introduction to Arthur Miller, The Crucible Reasons, Marriage Bio, October 31 Edgar Allen Poe Mini Lesson, The Raven
October 16 PSAT  

Act 1
1. Why was Abigail asked to leave the Proctor’s home?
2. What are Abigail’s feelings for John Proctor?
3. What are Abigail’s feelings for Elizabeth Proctor?
4. Why do the Putnam’s start talking about witchcraft? What do they and others mention as signs of witchcraft?
5. How is Proctor described as he first enters the stage? (Be sure to include his view of himself.)
6. Why does Mr. Putnam oppose Reverend Parris? Despite his opposition to Parris, why does he take his side when Parris mentions calling Reverend Hale?
7. What does Proctor have against Reverend Parris?
8. What does Proctor mean when he says, “Society will not be a bag to swing around your head, Mr. Putnam.”?
9. Discuss the significance of Rebecca Nurse’s line: “There is prodigious danger in the seeking of loose spirits. I fear it, I fear it. Let us rather blame ourselves…” (Consider characterization and theme.)
10. Discuss the importance of this dialogue between Parris and Proctor:
Parris: There is either obedience or the church will burn like Hell is burning.
Proctor: Can you speak one minute without we land in hell again? I am sick of Hell.
Parris: It is not for you to say what is good for you to hear!
Proctor: I may speak my heart, I think!
Parris: What, are we Quakers…? (Hint: Quakers are very relaxed in the way they live and worship).
11. How is Hale described when he comes to Salem? (Specifically deal with his attitude and view of self.)
12. Why is the story about Hale not indicting the woman in Beverly for being a witch important?
13. Why does Reverend Hale believe Abigail over Tituba?
14. How is Tituba led into confessing and naming people?
15. By the end of Act 1, the girls dancing in the woods (and dabbling in other things they should not have been doing) turns into people being charged with witchcraft. Who, in your opinion, is most responsible? Whom do you blame for the hysteria that occurs, and why do you blame him/her/them?

ACT 2
1. What Do You Think? How did you react to Elizabeth Proctor’s arrest are the end of this act? 
2. What object does Mary Warren give Elizabeth Proctor? 
3. What does Reverend Hale ask John Proctor to recite? 
4. Whom does Ezekiel Cheever arrest besides Elizabeth Proctor? 
5. What do you think is the most important thing that John Proctor learns about himself by the end of this act? Explain your answer, using details from the play. 
6. How would you describe Elizabeth Proctor’s character traits? 
7. Evaluate the relationship between Elizabeth and John Proctor. Who is more to blame for their marital problems? 
8. Do you think Reverend Hale believes that Elizabeth Proctor is practicing witchcraft? Support your opinion. 
9. Why do you suppose so many people have been arrested? What do you think is motivating the officials of Salem? 
10. Critic's Corner Critic Sheila Huftel points out that Miller is not content with simply writing a dramatic story about the Salem witch trials but seems to find it "necessary to explain why these things take place and how, in fact, people come to believe in witches." Based on the evidence in the first two acts, how do people come to suspect others of being witches? 
11. What, if anything, do you think John Proctor might have done to prevent his wife arrest? 
12. Puritan society pressured individuals to adhere to strict standards of conduct and belief. To what extent do you think society expects you to conform today?

Unit 3

15 Week Grades: Late work will not be accepted after the begining of class on Wednesday, November 6

November 2019
Date Assignment / Activity Date Assignment / Activity
November 1 The Crucible November 14 The Crucible Act 4
November 4 The Crucible November 15 The Crucible Act 4
November 5 The Crucible Act 2 November 18 Thesis Statement Workshop
November 6 The Crucible November 19 Body Paragraph Workshop
November 7 The Crucible November 20 Body Paragraph First Draft Due
November 8 The Crucible Act 3 November 21 First Draft Due! (handwritten), Peer Editing Workshop
November 12 The Crucible Act 3 November 22 Final Draft Due at start of class! Hypothetical Corrections
November 13 The Crucible Act 3  

20 Week Grades: Late work will not be accepted after the begining of class on Wednesday, December 11, 2019

December 2019

Date Assignment / Activity Date Assignment / Activity
December 2   December 12 Studyguide Construction
December 3   December 13 Study Prep Quiz Show Jeopardy
December 4   December 16 Final Test Preparation
December 5   December 17 Daily Paragraphs Due!
December 6   December 18 Finals (Per. 1 & 6)
December 9   December 19 Finals (Per. 2 & 3)
December 10 Emancipation Proclimation by Abraham Lincoln December 20 Finals (Per. 4 &5)
December 11 Emancipation Proclimation  

January 2020

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Date Assignment / Activity Date Assignment / Activity
January 13Course Introduction January 23 To Kill a Mockingbird Ch. 9
January14 Book Room and Book Distribution January 24 To Kill a Mockingbird Ch. 10-11
January 15 To Kill a Mockingbird Ch. 1-2 January 27 To Kill a Mockingbird Ch. 12-13
January 16 To Kill a Mockingbird Ch. 3-4 January 28 To Kill a Mockingbird Ch. 14-15
January 17 To Kill a Mockingbird Ch. 5 January 29 To Kill a Mockingbird Ch. 16-17
January 21 To Kill a Mockingbird Ch. 6-7 January 30 To Kill a Mockingbird Ch. 19-20
January 22 To Kill a Mockingbird Ch. 8 January 31 To Kill a Mockingbird Ch. 21-22
February 2020
Date Assignment / Activity Date Assignment / Activity
February 3 To Kill a Mockingbird Ch. 23-24 February 18 To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
February 4 To Kill a Mockingbird Ch. 19-20 February 19 To Kill a Mockingbird Final Exam
February 5 To Kill a Mockingbird Ch. 21-22 February 20 To Kill a Mockingbird Discussion
February 6 To Kill a Mockingbird Ch. 23-24 February 21 Introduction to Individualism, The Devil and Tom Walker by Washington Irving
February 7 To Kill a Mockingbird - The Ewell's vs The Cunninghams February 24 Introduction to Transcendentalism
February 10 To Kill a Mockingbird Ch. 25-26 February 25 To Kill a Mockingbird Essay Due! Self-Reliance by Ralph Waldo Emerson
February 11 To Kill a Mockingbird Ch. 27-28 February 26 Introduction to Individualism
February 12 To Kill a Mockingbird Ch. 29 February 27 Introduction to Transcendentalism
February 13 To Kill a Mockingbird Ch. 30-31 February 28 Self-Reliance
February 14 To Kill a Mockingbird Essay Topic Introduction   Self-Reliance Vocabulary

March 2020

Date   Date Assignment / Activity
March 2 Self-Reliance March 17 Cultural Study
March 3 On Civil Disobedience March 18 Mahatma Ghandi and Nelson Mandela
March 4 On Civil Disobedience Vocabulary March 19 Hope and Glory by Nelson Mandela
March 5 On Civil Disobedience March 20 Nelson Mandela: A Long Walk to Freedom
March 6 Say, Mean Matter on On Civil Disobedience March 23 Nelson Mandela: A Long Walk to Freedom
March 9 CAASP Interim Testing March 24 Nelson Mandela: A Long Walk to Freedom
March 10 Say, Mean Matter on On Civil Disobedience discussion, Walden introduction March 25 Thesis Statement Workshop
March 11 Walden March 26 Body Paragraph Workshop
March 12 Say, Mean Matter on Walden March 27 Peer Editing Workshop
March 13 Say, Mean Matter on Walden completion and discussion March 30 Close Reading: Obama's Trayvon Martin Verdict Reaction
March 16 Say, Mean Matter on Self-Reliance (first essay read) March 31  
April 2020
Date Assignment / Activity Date Assignment / Activity
April 1 Essay Stage Reflection April 21  
April 2 First Submission Due! April 22 The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by F. Scott Fitzgerald
April 3 Transcendentalism Wrap-Up April 23 The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
April 13 Peer Editing Workshop April 24 The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
April 14 Social Revisions of First Submission April 27 The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by David Fincher (2008)
April 15 Final Project Due! Begin Winter Dreams by F. Scott Fitzgerald April 28 The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
April 16 12th Grade Course Presentation - Mr. Rivas April 29 Introduction to The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
April 17 Winter Dreams April 30  
April 20    
May 2020
Date Assignment / Activity Date Assignment / Activity
May 1 The Great Gatsby Ch. 2 May 18  
May 4 The Great Gatsby Vocabulary May 19  
May 5 The Great Gatsby Ch. 3 May 20  
May 6 The Great Gatsby Ch. 4 May 21  
May 7 The Great Gatsby Ch. 5 May 22  
May 11 The Great Gatsby Ch. 6 May 26  
May 12 The Great Gatsby Ch. 7 May 27  
May 13 The Great Gatsby Vocabulary Test May 28  
May 14 The Great Gatsby Ch. 9 May 29  
May 15    
June 2020
Date Assignment / Activity Date Assignment / Activity
June 1 Final Exam Study Guide Workshop June 8  
June 2 Final Exam Study Guide Workshop June 9  
June 3   June 10 Finals
June 4   June 11 Finals
June 5   June 12 Finals



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Some generational changes are positive, some are negative, and many are both. More comfortable in their bedrooms than in a car or at a party, today’s teens are physically safer than teens have ever been. They’re markedly less likely to get into a car accident and, having less of a taste for alcohol than their predecessors, are less susceptible to drinking’s attendant ills.

Psychologically, however, they are more vulnerable than Millennials were: Rates of teen depression and suicide have skyrocketed since 2011. It’s not an exaggeration to describe iGen as being on the brink of the worst mental-health crisis in decades. Much of this deterioration can be traced to their phones.

All screen activities are linked to less happiness, and all nonscreen activities are linked to more happiness.

The more time teens spend looking at screens, the more likely they are to report symptoms of depression.

Teens who spend more time on social media also spend more time with their friends in person, on average—highly social teens are more social in both venues, and less social teens are less so. But at the generational level, when teens spend more time on smartphones and less time on in-person social interactions, loneliness is more common. So is depression.

Teens who spend three hours a day or more on electronic devices are 35 percent more likely to have a risk factor for suicide, such as making a suicide plan.

Even Steve Jobs limited his kids’ use of the devices he brought into the world.