Language Arts – May 27th – June 1st

We’ve made it! It’s the last week of school! Please take note that the Language Arts Semester Exam will be on Wednesday, May 30th during the second time slot. The exam is  from 10:30am-12:30pm.

Students have already been given a digital copy of the review sheet. Please see below for another copy.

Important Dates

Monday Homework: Review for Semester Exam!

Tuesday Homework: Review for Semester Exam!

Wednesday: Semester Exam

Study Guide 10th Language Arts – Semester 2 Exam

Topics Covered

  1. 1984 Plot, Character Profiles – Winston, Julia, O’Brien, Parsons, Major Themes, IQR
  2. The CruciblePlot, Character profiles: John/Elizabeth Proctor, Parrish, Abigail, Tituba, Danforth, Mr. & Mrs. Nurse, Mary Warren.

Literature Segment

  • Plot Diagram/Summary of Story
    • Major events in the story that contribute to the rising action
    • The climax of story
  • Character Profiles
    • Personality
    • Strengths and weaknesses
    • Significance/contribution to the story
    • Symbolism/representation/personification of character
  • Major Themes / Symbolism
  • Important Questions Raised (IQR)
    • 1984
      • Can the government be trusted?
      • How does a government control people?
      • What is the purpose of the book 1984?
      • How does the ability to communicate affect people? (think about Newspeak)
      • What kinds of warnings does Orwell give through the book?
    • The Crucible
      • What is Miller saying about humanity?
      • Is there possibility for redemption? (think about Hale and Parris)
      • At was cost would you be willing to protect your family/friends (those close to you)?
      • The story takes place in early American history. How is this story relatable today? Why is it still considered significant?
      • Did John Proctor and Rebecca Nurse do the right thing? Were they being smart?
  • Compare and contrast characters/themes/symbols

Language Arts – May 21st – 25th

This week we will watch the 1996 film adaptation of The Crucible. The week will end with a review in preparation for semester exams next week.

Important Dates

Friday: Semester Exam Review

Language Arts – May 14th – 18th

This week we will continue examining The Crucible. We will discuss the genre of tragedy and draw comparisons between works we’ve previously read this year. Later in the week, we will look at the concept of contracts and how they play a vital role in human society. There is an exam on act 4 on Friday.

Important Dates

Monday Homework: Tragedy Written Response

Tuesday Homework: Finish Act 4

Wednesday Homework: Contract Written Response

Thursday Homework: Study

Friday: Exam: Act 4

Language Arts – May 7th – 11th

This week we will continue examining The Crucible. After watching the film Life is Beautiful last week, students will now look at themes such as irrational fear and hysteria. Students have a quiz on Acts 2 & 3 on Wednesday.

Important Dates

Monday Homework: Finish Act 3

Tuesday Homework: Study

Wednesday: Quiz Acts 2-3


Language Arts – April 30 – May 4

Welcome back students! This week we will continue examining The Crucible. As the town of Salem spirals into chaos, we can see that it is reminiscent of the terror and hysteria portrayed in films about Nazi Germany. Students will be watching a film and as a class we will be drawing parallels between the state of Salem and that of Germany during World War II.

Important Dates

Thursday Homework: Complete Film Questions

Friday Homework: Read ½ of Act 3

Language Arts – April 23 – 27

This week students will be presenting their projects on countries with theocratic governments. I have reserved the Information Center for Monday so that students can finish working on their projects and presentations will begin on Tuesday. Later in the week, come back to the book we are reading this quarter: The Crucible and begin looking at Act 2. There will be an exam on Act 2 of The Crucible when we return on Wednesday, May 2.

Important Dates

Monday Homework: Finish Presentations

Tuesday: Presentations

Wednesday: Presentations

Thursday Homework: Review Act 2 of The Crucible / Finish Timeline (classwork)

Friday Homework: Prepare for exam on Wednesday, May 2.

Language Arts – April 16 – 20

This week we will continue reading the last book of the year: The Crucible by Arthur Miller.

The nature of the story is very complicated, as morality, integrity and their adherence to their religious beliefs create a complex and convoluted mess. This week, we will attempt to unravel this story and discern what is really happening in this story. Students will also begin working on a project that will be presented next week. The Information Center has been reserved this week for class Thursday – Friday.

Important Dates

Monday Homework: Half of Act 2

Tuesday Homework: Finish Act 2

Wednesday Homework: Brainstorm for Project

Thursday Homework: Project

Friday Homework: Project

Language Arts – April 9 – 13

This week we will continue reading the last book of the year: The Crucible by Arthur Miller.We will be discussing predestination, existentialism, free will, law vs. religion and the concept of theocracy. There will be a quiz on Act 1 and the above topics on Friday.

Important Dates

Monday Homework: Finish Act 1

Tuesday Homework: Research Existentialism

Wednesday Homework: Exploring Theocracy Worksheet

Thursday Homework: Study

Friday: Quiz Act 1 and Surrounding Topics

Language Arts – April 2 – 6

Welcome back! I hope that everyone has had a relaxing and enjoyable Semana Santa break. We are in the final quarter of this school year! How exciting! This week we will begin reading the last book of the year: The Crucible by Arthur Miller. This is a very short play by Miller, which outlines the story of the men and women involved in the famous Salem witch trials in Massachusetts in the late 1600s. Because the play so short, we will be taking our time this final quarter, dissecting the history, psychology and literary significance of the event and this play by the famous playwright.

 Important Dates

Tuesday Homework: Questionnaire

Thursday Homework: Act 1 to pg. 25 (to last line of dialogue)