Week 26–Continuing To Kill a Mockingbird

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This week, you are going to continue in your reading of To Kill a Mockingbird. And I want you to begin thinking about some of the cool things that are going on underneath the basic story. I also have a couple assignments for you.

Reading:

Read up to Chapter 20 in the book:

To Kill a Mockingbird (pdf)

If you want to follow along with the audiobook (youtube)

Scout and Calpurnia

The first thing I want you to think about is the relationship Scout has with older women. Of course you have seen her interact with Miss Maudie. But I want you this week to focus on Aunt Alexandra and Calpurnia. We are going to see this develop in the upcoming chapters. I want you to answer the following questions.

1. What is Aunt Alexandra like? And what does she want for Scout?

2. How does Scout relate to her?

3. How does Scout fit into the social expectations for girls?

3. How does Calpurnia treat Scout?

4. Who is more of a mother figure in Scout’s life?

5. Who do you think LOVES Scout more? Give me two examples to prove it (quotes with citation).

6. Which woman do you think actually makes the greatest positive impact on Scout?

7. Make a venn diagram where you compare and contrast Calpurnia and Aunt Alexandria.

Then write a short 1-2 page essay where you discuss the impact Calpurnia makes in Scout’s life (typed MLA). You need to give 3 examples of her influence (3 body paragraphs) along with a strong introduction and conclusion. Due April 10. This is not a “formal” essay. But I still want you to practice good organization of your paragraphs and good citation.

Themes of To Kill a Mockingbird —Oral Report

Look at the themes listed above– I want you to pick one. Everybody needs a different one, so when you have decided what you want to do please post it in the comment section below. You can’t do one that somebody else has already chosen.

You are going to come up with a 3-5 minute oral report that is due April 10.

Requirements:

1. Find as many examples of that theme in the book as you can.

2. Explain why each example is important to the reader understanding the point she is trying to make.

3. Briefly explain how this theme applied to actual historical events or society at that time.

4. Give us the “big picture”–how does the development of this theme, through the incidents of the book, affect the reader? What is the lesson we can grab onto? How does it affect YOUR life?

5. Use some kind of visual (chart, pictures, a nice drawing of a scene, etc.)

If you would like to choose a theme or take an angle that is not listed above, just ask me. I am totally open to that!!!

This is going to be 100 pts. (the same as an essay). 

There will be no new assignments next week. So don’t be stressed. Next week you must finish the book, and finish your projects. Don’t forget about your Old Man and the Sea map (new due date is April 10). 

If you were absent on Friday, I need you to watch these two videos that we watched and discussed in class:

Without any of these social problems, the main crisis in To Kill a Mockingbird could never happen.

Below is a video of an actual famous court case, similar to that we see of Tom Robinson. We see that the courts were often unjust, because the people in the jury were biased.

Please also read the following poems from Friday:

These two poems that have to do with how African Americans were still being treated in the 1930’s. It is horrible. These poems were written by Jamaican born Claude McKay. He was a famous American Poet during the Harlem Renaissance and later.

The Lynching

BY CLAUDE MCKAY

FlorideFortLauderdalePRHis spirit is smoke ascended to high heaven.
His father, by the cruelest way of pain,
Had bidden him to his bosom once again;
The awful sin remained still unforgiven.
All night a bright and solitary star
(Perchance the one that ever guided him,
Yet gave him up at last to Fate’s wild whim)
Hung pitifully o’er the swinging char.
Day dawned, and soon the mixed crowds came to view
The ghastly body swaying in the sun:
The women thronged to look, but never a one
Showed sorrow in her eyes of steely blue;
And little lads, lynchers that were to be,
Danced round the dreadful thing in fiendish glee.

If We Must Die

BY CLAUDE MCKAY

If we must die, let it not be like hogs
Hunted and penned in an inglorious spot,
While round us bark the mad and hungry dogs,
Making their mock at our accursèd lot.
If we must die, O let us nobly die,
So that our precious blood may not be shed
In vain; then even the monsters we defy
Shall be constrained to honor us though dead!
O kinsmen! we must meet the common foe!
Though far outnumbered let us show us brave,
And for their thousand blows deal one death-blow!
What though before us lies the open grave?
Like men we’ll face the murderous, cowardly pack,
Pressed to the wall, dying, but fighting back!

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52 thoughts on “Week 26–Continuing To Kill a Mockingbird

  1. Does anyone else find Scouts relationship with Dill kind of funny or cute? Cause they’re only about seven or eight, and Dill tells her he loves her and that when he’s old enough and has the money he’s going to marry her. Like chill bro, you’re only eight. He kissed her for crying out loud! Oh well, maybe its just me, but I find that funny and weird.(sorry if this is a spoiler for Alexys lol)

  2. OH MY GOSH DILL NEEDS TO CHILL! He can’t just ask Scout if she wants to get a baby, he needs to calm his immature little heart ✋

  3. 1. What is Aunt Alexandra like? And what does she want for Scout?

    2. How does Scout relate to her?

    3. How does Scout fit into the social expectations for girls?

    3. How does Calpurnia treat Scout?

    4. Who is more of a mother figure in Scout’s life?

    5. Who do you think LOVES Scout more? Give me two examples to prove it (quotes with citation).

    6. Which woman do you think actually makes the greatest positive impact on Scout?

    7. Make a venn diagram where you compare and contrast Calpurnia and Aunt Alexandria.

    you have two #3s lol. I was wondering why I kept putting two different answers for #3

  4. Dear Heavenly Father, hallowed by thy name. Thy kingdom help so I can go to Disneyland once again… Give me this day the strength to finish twice the work (Thursday’s work, because that’s the day I’m going) without exploding…. amen.

    1. THANK YOU! SOMEONE ELSE WHO THOUGHT THAT WAS WEIRD!! UGH DILL NEEDS TO REALIZE HOW OLD HE IS AND JUST UGH JDLFKDJGJ :/ (for those of you who don’t know what irritated I-don’t-know-what-to-say-to-this typing looks like, it looks like those letters above lol 😀 )

    1. I don’t like when you guys belittle each other, it makes me sad 😥 even though Tristans a gentleman and tries not to be mean 😉 Jesus asks that we be kind to everyone, no matter how much we despise them. We have to love ALL our classmates with brotherly/sisterly love, including Tristan☺❤ you both are very smart, funny, and kind. You guys are the bomb-diggity! 😂💣

      1. Next time, please text me or talk to me personally about it, flower. (I’m going to call you flower because of how beautiful and sweet you are! Plus, you smell nice)💛🌸

        1. You don’t seem to understand what I’m saying, so let me clarify: I am not mad at you for correcting me. I realize that I seemed angry, and I sincerely apologize you took it that way. I’d prefer if you discussed things like this in a more private area with me. 😀 That is all.

    1. You can cite the pages from the pdf or any book (even if they don’t match up). Usually, when you do a works cited page, you are putting the publishing info, so the pages will match up with the version you are using. But, you don’t need a works cited for this essay. And I am not going to check page numbers; I just want you to get that practice and so you all know to always put citation after a quotation.

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