Monday - Read to begin class. Play vocabulary BINGO as a review for tomorrow's vocabulary/reading quiz. After BINGO, students will create three quiz questions for their peers. Continue studying.
Tuesday - Vocab/reading quiz! Associative tools may be used on vocabulary portion. Look at stereotypes within Mockingbird, specifically "rednecks." Close look at chapters 2, 3, and 17. Handout with a partner. Who best fits this stereotype? Why? Read and movie.
Wednesday/Thursday - Read for the first 15 minutes of class. Tom Robinson Memorial assignment with a written proposal for Maycomb. TED Talk on the injustice within the American Justice System. Connection questions to Mockingbird. Discuss.
Friday - Read to begin class. Life in the South short film. Moral growth post-viewing assignment. Character analysis/connection. Movie.
Monday - Students will read, annotate, and respond to questions for an Economist article on To Kill a Mockingbird's influence. After reading, the students will work on vocabulary for the courtroom scene.
Tuesday - DO NOW: Whom 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? Begin reading courtroom scene as a class. Assign out parts and begin reading. Vocabulary work. Watch movie.
Wednesday/Thursday - Finish reading trial as a class. Partner questions:
1) Scout, Jem, and Dill all respond differently to the trial. When you read the courtroom scene, did you feel more like Scout, Jem, or Dill? Why?
2) Atticus appeals to the jury by declaring, “A court is only as sound as its jury,
and a jury is only as sound as the men who make it up.” Are the men who
make up the jury in Tom Robinson’s case “sound”? Explain your answer.
Imagine that you are writing an appeal of the decision to a higher court.
Make an argument that the verdict should be overturned because the jury
3) How do you think this encounter with injustice affects Jem? Write a
summary of the trial from Jem’s perspective. What did he learn from
watching the witnesses testify? What did he learn about Atticus from
watching him mount the defense? What moments stood out to him most
strongly? What was he thinking as the verdict was read?
Friday - VOCAB BINGO! Selected connection questions for chapters 19-21 of To Kill a Mockingbird in groups. Making predictions from here.
Monday - Read for the first 15 minutes of class. Discussion of key elements of the previous few chapters - especially Aunt Alexandra's arrival. Read and discuss AOW since we missed it on Friday due to the snow.
Tuesday - SNOW DAY.
Wednesday/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.
Monday - Vocabulary/reading quiz for chapters 5-10. Turn-and-talk: in thirty seconds, summarize what happened in chapters 6-10. Discussion. Movie, if time.
Tuesday - Read for first 15 minutes of class. DO NOW on Atticus telling the children about the Tom Robinson case and Atticus' humble shooting skills. Discussion. Setting the Setting video. After-viewing questions with a partner. Go over questions and share out.
Wednesday/.Thursday - Begin class by analyzing symbols that have come up in the story thus far, specifically the mockingbird and the mad dog. Based on what we have read so far, what or who in this story might the mockingbird symbolize? What or who might the mad dog symbolize? Partner work. Chapter 11 analysis questions in groups. Review as a whole class.
Friday - NO SCHOOL DUE TO SNOW.