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Twelve Angry Men Lecture. English SAC’s . 70 minutes, a dictionary and a pen. Show us what you know! . What sets you apart?. Your knowledge of the text? Your expression? Your insight?. Welcome to Year 12. Use the resources available to you . Your teachers! - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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Twelve Angry Men Lecture

Twelve Angry Men Lecture

70 minutes, a dictionary and a pen.

Show us what you know!

English SACs ...What sets you apart?Your knowledge of the text?

Your expression?

Your insight?

Welcome to Year 12

Use the resources available to you ...Your teachers!

They have a wealth of experience and knowledge.

If you are confused or worried, ask them for help.

Resources continued ...Study guides

Your textbook

Online notes and summaries

The film (but be careful)

Handouts / the Year 12 English wikispace


Course outline

2012 Examiners Report

Resources such as PowerPoint presentations, background information, focus questions, tips, etc.

Todays talkAddressing the assessment criteria

Some handy tips

The most important thing is expressionImprove your vocabulary

Make sure you punctuate between sentences

Use quotation marks

Clear paragraph breaks


# 1. You will need to show us that you understand the social, historical and/or cultural values embodied in the play.

What was American society like in the 1950s?

What was Reginald Rose worried about?

What did he want to change about the society he lived in?

What customs, traditions or institutions did he want to protect or preserve?

American society was changing rapidly

It was a time of fear and suspicion the old ways were under threat

People were questioning the effectiveness and fairness of the judicial system

Many minority groups were demanding change # 2. You need to show us that you have an understanding of the ideas, characters and themes constructed by the playwrightHow well do you know the jurors?

Are you familiar with the various witnesses and their testimony?

How many quotes have you memorised?

Do you have something to say about the big ideas or themes in the play?

This list of themes might help ...The strengths and weaknesses of the jury system

Justice and the concept of a fair trial

Democracy and the structure of American society

Prejudice and fear / reason and logic

Truth, facts, certainty and the concept of reasonable doubt

The effects of pressure and conflict on individuals

# 3. You need to show an awareness of the structures, features and conventions used by the playwright to construct meaningPlaywright ... not author

Audience ... not reader

Stage directions

Set design

Act 1 / Act 2

Ask yourself:

How do I feel about the characters?

Do I like certain characters and dislike others?

How do I feel at the end of the play?

Am I happy and satisfied or angry and frustrated?

Understand that Reginald Rose has used certain structures, features and conventions to make you feel that way! He has constructed the play and its characters.

How has Rose constructed the 10th juror?He interrupts the other characters and is openly dismissive of their opinions.

He is rude to the 2nd juror (a quiet, reserved man) and the 9th juror (an old man). This appeals to our sense of justice.

He raises his voice and sometimes swears at the other jurors.

He makes broad, sweeping statements (generalisations).

He adopts an aggressive tone of voice and uses threatening body language.

When he doesnt get his way, he broods in the corner.

Ask yourself ... how is his behaviour different to the 8th juror?

Whose opinions does the playwright endorse?

Whose opinions does the playwright condemn?Rose also constructs meaning with ...Symbolism

= heat, a storm, rain

5th Juror: Look how dark its getting. Were gonna have a storm. Boy its hot. (pg 50)

He constructs meaning with stage directionsThe 8th juror stands alone for a few moments and we know this (the possibility that the boy really did kill his father) is the problem that has been tormenting him. He does not know and he never will

He constructs meaning with the setting (realism)

This is not a play about kings and queens.

It is not set in an exotic location

It does not involve dazzling special effects or ornate costumes.

These are ordinary men sitting in a very ordinary room.What they do is extraordinary!

# 4. You need to show us that the play can be interpreted in different ways by different readers

To interpret = to establish or explain the meaning or significance of something

People in an audience respond in different ways. They sometimes interpret things differently ...

Use one or two sentences like this ...Some may see ________ as __________ , but Rose suggests otherwise.It is true that ___________, but he also _____________.

________ might easily be seen as ________. However, it could also be seen as ________.

While it is tempting to see ___________ , in reality __________

You should also try to use words like:

suggests / implies / appears to be / may be

Top tipsKnow how much you can write in 70 minutes.

Write practice essays under timed conditions.

You dont want to finish too soon.

You dont want to run out of time.

Plan your essay before you writeTake 5 7 minutes to plan your response.

Underline key words and phrases from the essay topic.

Try to use these key words (or synonyms for these key words) in your essay. It will remind the marker that you are on topic.

Planning continuedForm a clear contention (a clear line of argument in response to the essay topic). Make your contention the first sentence of your introduction.

Write down your quotes and evidence in your plan.

If you cant think of any evidence from the text to support your point, scrap it and think of something else.

Take a dictionary with youUse it to check the meaning of words in the essay topic

If you have time at the end, use it to double check your spelling

Try to be precise with words

Finally, please use a blue or black penTake a few pens into the SAC with you.

Find the pen that works just right for you.

Do not write in pencil or luminescent pink!

The jibba jabba stops here!