Good morning. Sorry that this is late. I started working on your assignments on Friday, but I got caught up in a bunch of potential projects for this book and I forgot to just post your assignments for this week!!!
First I want you to watch this short biography on Harper Lee:
My plan is to park here for a bit. We have been rushing and rushing to cover so much material. We did The Old Man and the Sea in one week. We didn’t have time to get into it and write about it, so I want to look at the next month as a sort of pause from moving so fast in this class. I am going to give you a few projects and an essay. Then after that is over, we will finish the last month with some modern poetry and short stories and another formal persuasive essay on a hot button cultural issue, complete with an oral presentation and a persuasive business letter. So that is the plan. As your teacher I got to get my head around where we are, where I want us to be, and where I want us to go. So that is it.
I would like to throw in some sort of Hemingway project this week. Creative. I have an idea, but I will post it later. I also want us to get back into our journal writing, like crazy. And I need to get caught up with all the grading.
Why am I venting to you? LOL
Also, this week I would like to see if your parents would be interested in seeing To Kill a Mockingbird at the LifeHouse Theater in Redlands. It looks like the general admission tickets are $19.00 each. Let me know if you are interested, and if you would like to carpool, or if your parents would like to go too. It is not mandatory at all. I just think it is a good opportunity and you would love it. I am going to call the Theater tomorrow because they do have special group pricing. We might be able to get the prices down. But before I do that, I do need to check with Gary and make sure that he is okay with this idea. So right now, it is just tentative. But see if your parents would be interested. I would like to go this Thursday evening, but you can go Friday evening, Saturday at 2:30, or at 7:30, and Sunday too.
We are going to read it. You don’t need the hard copy, but feel free to go to the library and pick it up if you like. I am going to just link the pdf of the book here.
This week I need you to read the first 100 pages. Go ahead and stop when you get to Chapter 11 (pg 102).
If you want to follow along with the audiobook (youtube)
This book is soooooo good. You will really enjoy it, and it may become the favorite book you have read this year 🙂
Some of you have already read this book. Please read it again.
1. Since you can’t take “Brandi Notes” in the book, I would like you to take notes on a piece of paper of at least five important quotes. Then underneath each quote explain to me WHY you think this quote is important to the book.
2. I would like you to do some character analysis. As you read the first five chapters of the book I want you to observe Atticus, Scout, Jem, and Dill. For each character please devote an entire page where you chart the following characteristics:
You may want to fold your paper so that it has four boxes. In each box write the titles below. Then fill in the boxes as you read, with the information that you learn about each person. Please leave a page number next to each example.
- Box one–Characteristics or Qualities (that describe his/her personality)
- Box two–Talents and Physical Attributes
- Box three–Feelings and Emotions that are demonstrated by the person
- Box four–his/her Values or Ethical Principles.
Remember, you should have 4 pages. One page for each character. Each page should have four boxes. Does that make sense?
3. Justice is a theme in To Kill a Mockingbird. I want you to find two verses from the Bible that have to do with justice and leave them in the comment section below. BUT you cannot use a verse that was already posted. Let’s make the biggest list of verses about justice!!! Our God loves it!!! He is just and good, and everything He does is right. His people should be just, and love justice too. (10 points)
4. I am also going to assign you The Old Man and the Sea Project (Due April 3)
What I would like you to do is make a map of his journey. It should be in color. It must be larger than a piece of notebook paper. It has to show Cuba, Florida, the Atlantic Ocean, but I also want you to put some creative labels on it.
It isn’t just a physical journey, it was an emotional journey.
Can you put some creative labels on it:
Beyond just day one and day two and day three.
Maybe, “Where the Marlin began to circle” or “Where Santiago fought the sharks” and even “Where Santiago blacked out” or “the final battle” — Stuff like that.
I want to see it visually and emotionally connected. He went far out to sea. He was all alone.
You can even add quotes, or draw sharks or make it look old fashioned and nautical.
You can even make it 3 dimensional, like a diorama
However you want to do it.
But I want it to look nice, to show that you understood the importance of this incident in Santiago’s life, and that you understand the themes of the book.
Find some way to depict this journey, and the theme of the book, artistically through a map.
4.) You also have journals this week 🙂
Anyways, Have a Good Week!
Let me know if you have any questions.
And leave me a comment below if you are interested in seeing the play this week.