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.
Read up to Chapter 20 in the book:
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.
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.
If We Must Die