March 17 2017

Just standing on the Radley porch was enough.

Please re-read the following passage from the end of To Kill a Mockingbird.  Then analyze

  • What is the main purpose of the passage?
  • How does Harper Lee advance this purpose through the use one literary element or technique:
    • setting, imagery, metaphor, alliteration, point of view, mood, tone, diction (word choice), juxtaposition, symbolism, etc.
  • Is she successful?  Why or why not?

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I turned to go home. Street lights winked down the street all the way to town. I had never seen our neighborhood from this angle.  There were Miss Maudie’s, Miss Stephanie’s- there was our house, I could see the porch swing- Miss Rachel’s house was beyond us, plainly visible. I could even see Mrs. Dubose’s.

I looked behind me. To the left of the brown door was a long shuttered window. I walked to it, stood in front of it, and turned around. In daylight, I thought, you could see to the post office corner.

Daylight… in my mind, the night faded. It was daytime and the neighborhood was busy. Miss Stephanie Crawford crossed the street to tell the latest to Miss Rachel.  Miss Maudie bent over her azaleas.  It was summertime, and two children scampered down the sidewalk toward a man approaching in the distance. The man waved, and the children raced each other to him.

It was still summertime, and the children came closer. A boy trudged down the sidewalk dragging a fishing pole behind him. A man stood waiting with his hands on his hips. Summertime, and his children played in the front yard with their friend, enacting a strange little drama of their own invention.

It was fall, and his children fought on the sidewalk in front of Mrs. Dubose’s. The boy helped his sister to her feet, and they made their way home. Fall, and his children trotted to and fro around the corner, the day’s woes and triumphs on their faces. They stopped at an oak tree, delighted, puzzled, apprehensive.

Winter, and his children shivered at the front gate, silhouetted against a blazing house. Winter, and a man walked into the street, dropped his glasses, and shot a dog.  

Summer, and he watched his children’s heart break. Autumn again, and Boo’s children needed him.

Atticus was right. One time he said you never really know a man until you stand in his shoes and walk around in them. Just standing on the Radley porch was enough.  (pages 373-374)

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March 16 2017

When enough years had gone by to enable us to look back on them…

Tonight, please re-read the first chapter of To Kill a Mockingbird, and then analyze one theme she has clearly introduced at the very beginning.  Explain how she introduces it and how she develops it later in the novel.  Be as specific as you can using details and relevant quotations from the novel to support your thinking.

As always, follow the rules of standard written American English and respond to at least one other comment in this thread.

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March 15 2017

Boo was our neighbor.

Tonight please finish reading  To Kill a Mockingbird.   Then write your response.  Please consider the following questions:

  • What passage or passages strike you as interesting or singular and why?
  • What questions do you want to discuss with the class tomorrow?
  • Why do you think these questions may generate interesting discussion?

Annotate!

Find great passages to discuss in class.

Mockingbird blog #12
March 14 2017

As it was we were compelled to hold our heads high and be, respectively, a gentleman and a lady.

Please re-read chapters 24, 25, and 26 of To Kill a Mockingbird.   Then write your response.  Please consider the following questions:

  • What passage or passages strike you as interesting or singular and why?
  • What questions do you want to discuss with the class tomorrow?
  • Why do you think these questions may generate interesting discussion?

Annotate!

Find great passages to discuss in class.

As always be sure to respond to at least one other comment in this thread and proofread your writing for spelling , punctuation, and grammar.

Please note!  If school is cancelled Wednesday due to snow, finish reading the novel and blog about it for Thursday.

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March 13 2017

“…it’s because he wants to stay inside.”

Tonight please read chapters 21, 22, and 23 of To Kill a Mockingbird.   Then write your response.  Please consider the following questions:

  • What passage or passages strike you as interesting or singular and why?
  • What questions do you want to discuss with the class tomorrow?
  • Why do you think these questions may generate interesting discussion?

Annotate!

Please note!  If school is cancelled tomorrow due to snow, you should continue reading, per the following schedule:   Read and blog about Chapters 24-26 on Tuesday for Wednesday and then finish reading the novel and blog about it for Thursday.

Mockingbird blog #10
March 9 2017

“A More Perfect Union”

Please consider the Aristotle’s rhetorical triangle we have discussed previously in class and Atticus’ summation, pp. 271-275.

Then, please read the speech entitled “A More Perfect Union Speech,” by then Senator Barack Obama, from March 2008.  It is posted on the handouts page of our website, as well as on the links page.  You can actually watch the video on the links page if you prefer.  As you read or watch this speech, consider:  what element of the rhetorical triangle can you see in this speech?  How do the ideas in this speech relate to our discussion of To Kill a Mockingbird.

Then, blog!  On the blog please discuss your observations about the rhetorical triangle and the themes of both President Obama’s speech and Atticus’ summation.

Mockingbird blog #9
March 8 2017

“He’s the same in the courtroom as he is on the public streets.”

Tonight, please read chapters 19 and 20 of To Kill a Mockingbird.   Then write your response.  Please consider the following questions:

  • What themes are illustrated in these chapters?
  • What passage or passages support your opinion?
  • What questions do you want to discuss with the class tomorrow?
  • Why do you think these questions may generate interesting discussion?

Keep annotating!

Mockingbird blog #8
March 7 2017

Witnesses for the Prosecution

Tonight, please read chapters 17 and 18 of To Kill a Mockingbird.  In these chapters you will revisit Mr. Gilmer’s three witnesses for the prosecution:  Heck Tate, Bob Ewell, and Mayella Ewell.   Each of these witnesses have distinct personalities.  Please explain how Harper Lee conveys these personalities through her characterizations of them.  You may consider each character’s appearance, behavior, and speech in your response.

As always, please be sure to check your writing for spelling, punctuation, and capitalization.

Mockingbird blog #7
March 6 2017

“I’ll tell him you said hey, little lady.”

Tonight please read chapters 15 and 16 of To Kill a Mockingbird.   Then write your response.  Please consider the following questions:

  • What passage or passages strike you as interesting or singular and why?
  • What questions do you want to discuss with the class tomorrow?
  • Why do you think these questions may generate interesting discussion?

Keep annotating!

Mockingbird blog #6
March 3 2017

I felt the starched walls of a pink penitentiary closing in on me….

After you have read chapters 12-14 of To Kill a Mockingbird, please respond on our blog:

  • What passage or passages strike you as interesting or singular and why?
  • What questions do you want to discuss with the class?
  • Why do you think these questions may generate interesting discussion?
  • Remember, a good discussion question does not have a single answer.  Good questions lead to interesting conversations.

Also remember to:

  • Annotate!  Annotate!  Annotate!  Use post-it notes to mark important passages and to write two or three discussion questions to direct our discussion tomorrow.  Remember!  Everyone must participate.
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