Monday - Post-trial reading questions with a partner. Reading articles on "the poor white woman" in connection to Mayella Ewell. Exit slip on moral growth as we move toward the end of the book. Continue with the movie, if time.
Tuesday - DO NOW to begin class. Read the incident of Tom Robinson at the jail as a close reading. Monuments and Memorials activity. Students will discuss the importance of monuments, what they mean, and then create one for a character that they deem worthy from the book. Share out designs and reasoning.
Thursday - Time to read to begin class. "The Trouble I've Seen" video from Northeastern University. Post-viewing questions and discussion. Reading articles based on truth and reconciliation commissions as well as reparations for wrongly accused families, such as Tom Robinson. Continue with movie.
Friday - The end of the book will be due. The unit test will be a week from today. Today we will finish the film and then compare and contrast the movie to the book with post-reading/viewing questions. Class discussion. Exit slip.
Monday/Tuesday - NO SCHOOL. ENJOY THE SHORT BREAK.
Wednesday - NO CLASS.
Thursday - Students will read, annotate, and respond to questions for another current events article on To Kill a Mockingbird's influence. After reading, the students will work on vocabulary for the courtroom scene.
Friday - DO NOW: Who do you think Harper Lee intended to be the hero of the story?
Who is the hero in the story from your point of view? Who or what is the
antagonist of the story? Continue reading courtroom scene as a class. Assign out parts and begin reading. Vocabulary work. Watch movie.
Monday - Review chapters 11-15. Close reading questions for small groups. Share out answers and discuss the major symbols, themes, and motifs that we are seeing. Students will receive new vocabulary words.
Tuesday - Read for the first 15 minutes of class. Current events article on To Kill a Mockingbird. At the beginning of the book, the students were asked to consider whether or not this book should be as popular as it is as they read. We will look at an article that takes the view that there are better books to read today. No doubt, a thought-provoking discussion will ensue.
Thursday - DO NOW: How does bias limit our understanding of the world? What kind of experiences can widen our perspective? Discussion on how Scout and Jem start to confront "Maycomb's ways" in chapters 12-15 through the trip to Calpurnia's church, Aunt Alexandra's stay at the house, and the confrontation with the mob outside the courthouse. Rewrite courthouse scene. Share out. EXIT SLIP: Reflect on how we might expand our own perspectives, consider new points of view, and learn about people who are different from us. Make a list in journal.
Friday - Exploring justice opinionnaire. Share out. Close look at chapter 16 and Dolphus Raymond. Group questions. Discuss. Watch movie, if time.