The Year of the Hangman By Gary Blackwood

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The Year of the Hangman By Gary Blackwood by Mind Map: The Year of the Hangman By Gary Blackwood

1. Depth & Complexity Icons

1.1. Main Ideas Ch 1-3

1.1.1. Rebellious Teenager Spoiled Brat

1.1.2. There is potential in Creighton

1.1.3. Sometimes hardtimes and sacrifices help you reach your goal

1.1.4. Creighton's mother wants him to have character

1.1.5. A youngman starts an adventure Coming to the colonies

1.2. Unanswered Questions Ch 5-8

1.2.1. WIll Creighton still support Gower and Hale and help them escape ?

1.2.2. Does Creighton have a crush on Sophie?

1.2.3. How well will Creighton do as a printer?

1.3. SWABS Ch #13

1.3.1. Somebody: Creighton

1.3.2. Wanted: To escape with Gower and Hale

1.3.3. But: Colonel Gower took the pistol from Creighton and knocked him out.

1.3.4. So: Creighton finally confides in Franklin / He limps home all beat up

1.4. Details

1.4.1. Peter is afraid he will ruin Arnold and Creighton's plan so he plans to back out.

1.4.2. Colonel Gower tires to trick Creighton into thinking the Arnold betrayed him and that he should tell Gower the truth.

1.4.3. Gower asks Creighton to decipher a code for him hoping it leads to secret information about the British.

1.5. Final Predictions

1.5.1. I beleive that Creighton will help his father, Harry Brown, escape from prison

1.5.2. Americans will win against the British all because of Creighton.

1.5.3. Harry Brown knows the location of George Washington and will help him escape

2. Reading Journal

2.1. Journal Entry 1

2.1.1. I hate my mother for sending me to my Uncle Gower’s. He is very hardcore and uptight. His idea of a welcome gift is a one way ticket to Florida and that was not a very good one either. I finally agreed to go to Florida and we all set sail on the great ship, Amity. I met up with good old, lieutenant Hale. Everything was going fine till we saw a large ship sailing towards us. Was it a merchant ship or a threatening vessel? I look towards the boat to see women with gracious hair like my mother. The ship had to be a travel or merchant ship. No privateer would bring women to fight. It turned out they were privateers. They had captured Gower and Hale. I was told to act as a bound boy and spy on them because I had become a English Spy.

2.2. Journal Entry 2

2.3. Journal Entry 3

2.3.1. Creighton changes a lot in chapter 16 and 17. The biggest change that occurred in Creighton during these chapters is that he switched sides. He is now a patriot . He will no longer support the British or his uncle Gower. Creighton switched from an English spy to an American loyalist. Creighton also had a change in personality. He now is careful in everything he says and does. He is now guilty when he says something he should not have. He follows his conscience and wants to fight for independance. He believes that if one is threatened one should threaten the threatener. The changes in Creighton were caused by 2 main factors. The first major life changing event for Creighton was Colonel Gower and Lieutenant Hale’s escape. The escape caused a great hatred for Gower in Creighton's heart. This happened because. Gower refused to let Creighton escape with them. When Creighton insisted, Gower hit him in the head with the gun. From that day, Creighton decided he would retaliate. The second major event that led to the change of Creighton was the death of Dr. Benjamin Franklin. This was a big blow for Creighton. He was growing attached to Franklin and also risked his life to save him. Once Franklin died, Creighton realized what he had done. He helped the British kill Franklin in a way. This made him want to get back at the British. Creighton made a plan with Benedict Arnold to attack the British from the inside. Creighton would go back to his uncle claiming that he had escaped with the help of Benedict Arnold and Peter. There Uncle Gower would question Creighton, testing his loyalty. Creighton would refer him to Benedict Arnold. Arnold will feed Gower fake information about the Americans to prove his fake loyalty. While all this is happening, Peter is supposed to deliver a letter to some guy at a tavern. The letter contained valuable and real American plans. Creighton would then work with Arnold to find out Washington’s whereabouts. Will Creighton and Arnold’s plan work?

2.3.2. In the end of the novel, Creighton becomes a hero. He has become very brave, he perseveres, and now knows the difference between what is right and what is wrong. Once Creighton is determined to do something, he will not back down. For example, Creighton saves his father but is left with a choice to take him or leave safely. He decides to leave no man behind. He takes his father but then also suffers the consequences. He does not care that he made a promise to his dad saying that he would leave his father behind but he did not. He went back on the promise, saying that, “ Honor is not measured by word; it’s measured by deeds. He then was successful in rescuing his father but was shot in the leg. Once they escaped onto a boat, Creighton removed the bullet from his leg, showing how fearless and strong he is. Creighton has also become a good person. He is very compassionate and well aware of his surroundings. He cares about Arnold and he proves it by asking for his well being. He panics afters he is told that Arnold is hurt. Creighton had developed empathy, a trait every hero should have. Creighton also has a big change in perspective. His point of view of what war his completely changes. He thought war is just blindly attack as soldiers, not caring about how many families you destroy. He learned that war is not necessary and that Franklin was right. Admitting what he was wrong was the toughest thing to do. No one likes to admit they are wrong but Creighton did. He wants to spread Franklin’s teachings. I knew that Creighton completely changed when his father asked him if he was playing a game and he said, “No sir, Not Anymore.”

3. Character Map

3.1. Creighton Brown

3.1.1. Charlotte Brown: Mom Colonel Gower: Brother

3.1.2. Harry Brown: Father

3.2. Sir Edward Lyndon: Gentleman Suitor

3.3. Lieutenant Hale

3.4. Captain Pierce: Amity Captain / Died in Chapter #4

3.5. Benedict Arnold: General of the Continental Army

3.6. Peter: Crew member of the Revenge / Big and Slow

3.7. Sophie: French Girl Staying with Franklin

3.8. Benjamin Franklin

3.9. Jean Billouart: Thief in the Stockades

4. Summary

4.1. Short and brief explanation of a story

4.2. A paragraph explaining the main ideas.

4.3. Main ideas of a book

4.4. It describes what has happened (usually a paragraph)

4.5. A shortened version of a piece of literature, that explores the main ideas.

4.6. Definition: A short informational passage that explains the key details, main ideas, and overall idea of something.

5. Setting Map

5.1. England

5.1.1. Tavern

5.1.2. Home

5.1.3. Execution

5.2. Ships Crossing the Atlantic

5.2.1. Amity

5.3. Carolina: For a Moment

5.4. Headed to Florida on the Amity

5.5. Revenge: A "Rebel" Ship

5.6. New Orleans

5.6.1. Benjamin Franklin's House

5.6.2. The Cabildo

5.6.3. Printing Shop at Franklin's House

5.7. Florida

5.7.1. Pensacola

5.7.2. Tavern: To get almanac

5.7.3. St. Marks Prison

5.7.4. Gage Hill

6. Vocabulary List

6.1. Chapters 1 - 14 Test date: 10/29

6.1.1. transgressions idle subversive indignant amiably indentured rancid peevishly rotund demure mundane indignant sacrilegious cryptic morbid antagonize indentured shrewd raucous infernal

6.2. Chapter 15-23 Test date: unknown

6.2.1. indiscreet duress adversary destitute inexplicable retaliate remnant naive divulge conspirator apothecary erasure retaliate dubious immoral deluge lucid sentries reproach adversaries