I thought Jem was counting his chickens.

Tonight, you don’t have any new reading to do.  Rather, I’d like you to review the last few chapters (annotate some more if you are minded to do so) and prepare two EXCELLENT discussion questions for your table.

  • Remember, a good discussion question does not have a single answer.  Good questions lead to interesting conversations.

Also, rather than comment on anyone else in general, look to see if anyone at your table has already commented and look at their questions.  Make sure that yours are not mere repeats.

Once you’ve made sure you have original questions for your table (and no fair just taking a great question from another table, unless you genuinely thought of it yourself), write your questions in the comment box and explain why you think they would be good questions.  In addition, please write each question on a separate piece of looseleaf paper.  We’ll be using them in a class activity.

Mockingbird blog #8

All the little man on the witness stand had that made him any better than his nearest neighbors was, that if scrubbed with lye soap in very hot water, his skin was white.

After you have read chapters 16-17 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.
Mockingbird blog #7

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

Tonight please read chapters 14 and 15 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

“We decided it would be best for you to have some feminine influence.”

After you have read chapters 12-13 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.
Mockingbird blog #5

“Atticus is a gentleman, just like me!”

Tonight, after you have re-read chapters 10-11 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.
Mockingbird blog #4

“You know what’s going to happen as well as I do, Jack, and I hope and pray I can get Jem and Scout through it without bitterness, and most of all, without catching Maycomb’s usual disease. “

Tonight, after you have re-read chapters 8-9 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:

  • Make sure that you read all or some of your classmates posts and comment on at least one other post in this thread.
  • 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.
Mockingbird blog #3

Jem held out a filthy piece of paper. Atticus took it and tried to read it. “Why do you want Mr. Radley to come out?” Dill said, “We thought he might enjoy us…”

Tonight you should read chapters 4-7 of To Kill a Mockingbird.

  • Choose a passage from tonight’s reading, which you would like to analyze in class.  Explain why you think it may be significant.
  • Make sure that you read all or some of your classmates posts and respond to at least one other comment in this thread.
  • Also, consider and make note of questions you may want to discuss on Monday.
  • Remember, a good discussion question does not have a single answer.  Good questions lead to interesting conversation.
Mockingbird blog #2

“Maycomb was an old town, but it was a tired old town when I first knew it.”

Tonight please read chapters 1-3 of To Kill a Mockingbird.

  • Choose a passage from tonight’s reading, which you would like to analyze in class.  Explain why you think it may be significant.
  • Make sure that you read all or some of your classmates posts and comment on at least one other post in this thread.
  • Also, consider questions you may want to discuss tomorrow or on Monday.
  • Don’t forget to 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!
Mockingbird blog #1