December 18

“Run, Scout! Run! Run!” Jem screamed.

Open season!  You are free to write anything you like in response to chapters 27 and 28, or anything that interests you in To Kill a Mockingbird so far.

Also, as you read, be sure to annotate!  This will help you recall the text and help you 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.

 

Mockingbird blog #12
December 17

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.

Mockingbird blog #11
December 14

It was Jem’s turn to cry.

Tonight please read chapters 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 topics do you want to discuss with the class tomorrow?
  • Why do you think these topics may generate interesting discussion?

As always, please use standard written English in your comment and respond to at least one other comment in this thread.

Two reminders:  Keep annotating and review those flash cards!  Make sure you quiz yourself each and every night, once or twice on the words.  If you do, you are sure to ace the vocabulary section of our Mockingbird assessment.

TKM blog #10
December 13

“Miss Jean Louise, stand up. Your father’s passin’.”

Tonight please read chapters 20 and 21 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 topics do you want to discuss with the class tomorrow?
  • Why do you think these topics may generate interesting discussion?

As always, please use standard written English in your comment and respond to at least one other comment in this thread.

Two reminders:  Keep annotating and review those flash cards!  Make sure you quiz yourself each and every night, once or twice on the words.  If you do, you are sure to ace the vocabulary section of our Mockingbird assessment.

TKM blog #9
December 12

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
December 11

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
December 10

“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
December 7

“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
December 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
December 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