Today your TKAM notebooks (worth 100 points) were due.
We took our test over TKAM today. If you were absent, it is your responsibility to schedule a make-up time BEFORE NEXT WEDNESDAY. You will not be permitted to take the exam after that time. You also will not be permitted to take the test during English class; make-up tests must be scheduled after school or at other times.
For up to ten points of extra credit on the test, choose ONE meaningful (suitable for a poster) quotation from TKAM. Make a poster (8.5"x11" or 11"x14") that includes the quotation, illustrations/graphics, and lots of color. Make it suitable for display. It is due Monday (not accepted late).
Your final chapter work, and your Poem of Courage assignment, were due today.
Today's journal entry was Thinking about TKAM and "the real world," list some important realizations that a child must make before becoming an adult. (Example: Life isn’t fair.) Which of these facts of life are most difficult to accept? Which are the most important to accept? Why?
Today we took the quiz over chapters 28-31 and then worked on assembling our TKAM notebooks.
Three-ring binder or folder with prongs – NOT just loose in a folder or stapled. If it is loose, I won't grade it. Ask if you need assistance -- I have extras.
Front cover: Title and author of book, an illustration relating to the book, your name and class period
Contents – IN ORDER:
- Chapter work for chapters 1-31, in order, fixed if needed, typed if possible
- Map of Maycomb
- Finch Family Tree
- Somebody Else’s Shoes
- Maycomb Tribune
- Song Lyrics
- Poem of Courage
DUE THURSDAY. This is worth 100 points -- don't blow it off!
Your exam over TKAM is Thursday.
Your final exam for this class will take place next week. You need to be here Monday, Wednesday, AND Friday to be fully prepared for the final.
Today your Maycomb Tribune writing and your chapter work for 18-22 was due.
After a discussion, we took a quiz over chapters 18-22.
Today's daily project is: You need to choose a song that you think has lyrics that apply to the message of the novel. You then need to copy those lyrics down and explain their relevance to the story. Your lyrics must be clean, but can be from any category of music you wish. NOTE: Your explanation must be line-by-line specific (that is, you need to offer some explanation/connection as to why EACH line of the song applies to TKAM), so you will only be required to copy one verse and the chorus. Thoroughness/completeness = your grade! Due Friday.
Your homework is to read chapters 23-27 and do the corresponding chapter work.
Today your "Somebody Else's Shoes" writing and your chapter work for 14-17 was due.
Your journal entry was Put yourself in the shoes of Jem, Scout, and/or Dill. What would you have done when the mob of men arrived at the jailhouse? Would you have done what they did? Why? How would you have reacted if you were Atticus? Why?
After a discussion, we took a quiz over chapters 14-17.
Today's daily project is to write a newspaper article for the Maycomb Tribune detailing the events from any newsworthy scene in the book. Answer the who, what, when, where, why, and how of the incident. Write the article from a newspaper perspective. You may choose any event that you think would be newsworthy for a small town paper. The article should be accurate in its facts and should at least two paragraphs in length. You will be scored on grammar, spelling, and information/accuracy of the piece.
Your homework is to read chapters 18-22 and do the corresponding chapter work.
Today your Finch family tree and your chapter work for 10-13 was due.
Your journal entry was What is the significance of the novel’s title? Who do you think – from what you know so far – is the “mockingbird” of the book? (There’s more than one right answer!) Defend your answer(s).
After a discussion, we took a quiz over chapters 10-13.
Today's daily project is Someone Else's Shoes. You will pick a scene from the book – any scene you’ve read so far - and rewrite that scene from a different point of view (NOT Scout’s). Stay true to the details of the scene. Change perspective, inner dialogue and narration due to your narrator’s personality and their situation to the story. At least two paragraphs long – don’t be lazy! The “bare minimum” will get a “bare minimum” grade! Will be scored on accuracy, grammar, spelling, and effort/length.
Your homework is to read chapters 14-17 and do the corresponding chapter work.
Today, chapter work for chapters 1-9 of TKAM was due.
Today's journal entry was Author Harper Lee uses a very offensive word when some characters talk about black people in TKAM. Why do you think she does this in a book written for young readers? What is the purpose of her choice? What do you think about it?
1. Had a group discussion over chapters 5-9
2. Took a quiz over chapters 5-9
3. Began work on our Finch Family Trees (which should have 10-12 people on them... hint: Atticus, Alexandra, and John (Jack) are all siblings, but Alexandra is the oldest by so much that she has an adult child and a grandchild).
4. Began reading chapters 10-13.
Next time, you will turn in Chapter Work for 10-13, as well as your Maps of Maycomb and your Finch Family Trees.
Today we began our unit for To Kill a Mockingbird (TKAM).
We started off by gathering some background information and prior knowledge, and then taking some notes about the time period and the author. If you were absent, you can get the notes below; you will want to transfer them into your interactive notebook for future reference.
Following this, we checked out copies of TKAM from the library and I read the first chapter aloud to the class. Your assignment is to read chapters 2-4 (or 1-4 if you were absent) by the time we meet on Tuesday. Be prepared for a quiz over the reading.
TKAM is available for free online at http://www.wlps.org/whs/site/files/tkam.pdf if you don't have your book!
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Today we took our exam over Romeo and Juliet. If you were absent, please schedule a make-up exam BEFORE THANKSGIVING BREAK.