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1. Complete the article "Acceptance Through Shared Language" Highlight the main idea and 2 supporting details (if you cannot highlight, don't worry about it.) Complete the quiz and writing activity at the end of the article. 2. Complete the ReadWorks reading comprehension- "The Art of Singing" (class code- XVTW3N password-1234)
Wednesday 3/25 1. ReadWorks- "Refueling" ("The Run" Series #2)
Thursday 3/26 1. ReadWorks- "Searching for Survivors" ("The Run" Series #3)
Friday 3/27 1. ReadWorks- "On the Road" ("The Run" Series #4) *ALL activities for part 1 of "The Run" series are due by Sunday, 3/29*
Week of 3/30-4/3
SORRY FOR THE CONFUSION, YOUR CHAPTER QUESTIONS FOR "THE GIVER" WILL NOW BE DUE MONDAY, APRIL 20TH WHEN WE RETURN FROM EASTER BREAK! ENJOY THIS TIME OFF WITH YOUR FAMILY!!! (please send in an email to Mrs. Dawson on Monday, April 20th)
Monday 3/30 PLEASE GO IN ORDER OR THE STORIES MAY NOT MAKE SENSE TO YOU! ReadWorks CLASS CODE- XVTW3N password- 1234
ELA- ReadWorks Narrative Fiction: “The Run” Series #5- “Missing”
Tuesday 3/31 ELA- ReadWorks Narrative Fiction: “The Run” Series #6- “Changes”
Wednesday 4/1 ELA- ReadWorks Narrative Fiction: “The Run” Series #7- “End of the Road”
Thursday 4/2 ELA- ReadWorks Narrative Fiction: “The Run” Series #7 Alternate Ending- “Realizations”
Friday 4/3 ELA- Please e-mail Miss Berardi or Mrs. Dawson your response to the following questions: How did “The Run” series end? What are some differences between the ending in series #7- “The End of the Road” and the alternate ending- “Realizations”? How did you feel about the entire series? What did you like or dislike about it and what do you think about the way the series ended? (ONE PARAGRAPH 6-8 SENTENCES)
Week of 4/20-4/24
Welcome back everyone! Please continue to check everyday as I will be posting new updates daily. Your second set of "To Kill A Mockingbird" chapter questions will be due in an email to Mrs. Dawson or Miss Berardi on Monday, May 4th (scroll down for the questions). This will be graded as a homework AND test grade. You will also have a final book assessment after you finish reading and that will count as a project grade for the 4th quarter! Please make sure to check ReadWorks everyday for new assignments, as they will be graded and counted as quiz grades. (code- XVTW3N and password- 1234)
ELA- ReadWorks Non Fiction Paired Texts- "Women's Position in Society"
ELA- "To Kill A Mockingbird" questions for chapters 11-20 due Monday 5/4
Week of 5/4-5/8
In addition to your daily assignments, scroll down for the questions for chapters 21-31 of "To Kill A Mockingbird". You may read at your own pace. These questions will be due (typed, through e-mail to Mrs. Dawson) on Monday, May 18th (please do not send to her beforehand, send to her on that day only and she will forward it to me). You will receive the next set of questions with their due date next week. Use the audio book I sent you on learningally.com or download the PDF here: http://www.kkoworld.com/kitablar/harper_li_masqarachini_oldurmek-eng.pdf
Friday 5/15 ELA- To Kill A Mockingbird Chapter Questions due Monday, 5/18 in an email to Mrs. Dawson or Miss Berardi
Week of 5/18-5/22
ELA- Research the setting and time period of the novel. Record 5 facts about any important events that were taking place during that time or in that state. Also, choose 5 characters from the novel and analyze each character in detail (name, age, relationship to other characters, describe their personality/perspective on life, what makes them significant to the story line, etc.)
ELA- Describe each Literary Element of Plot based on the novel, including the Exposition, Conflict, Rising Action, Climax, Falling Action, and Resolution. You can make your own diagram and label it or just list a description and example from the book for each. Use this video to help you- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WH5jlkK4aUI
ELA- Quote Analysis: Choose TWO of the following quotations, explain their significance in the story and relationship to the themes of the novel. (1 paragraph for each)
1. "I think there's just one kind of folks. Folks." ~Scout, Chapter 23
2. "It was times like these when I thought my father, who hated guns and had never been to any wars, was the bravest man who ever lived." ~Chapter 11
3. "I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It's when you know you're licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what. You rarely win, but sometimes you do." ~Atticus, Chapter 11
4. "Your father’s right. Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. They don’t eat up people’s gardens, don’t nest in corncribs, they don’t do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird." ~Miss Maudie, Chapter 10
5. "Secretly, Miss Finch, I’m not much of a drinker, but you see they could never, never understand that I live like I do because that’s the way I want to live." ~Mr. Dolphus Raymond, Chapter 20
ELA- Watch the movie and record similarities and differences between the movie and the book while watching!
Using the assignments from this week, create a PowerPoint on To Kill A Mockingbird. This will be due next Friday, 5/29, in addition to the work you will be doing next week. Follow these guidelines for each of your slides:
Slide 1- Title/cover slide Slide 2- Background info on TKAM (setting, date, what was going on in the world during this time, etc) Slide 3- Character Analysis (choose 5 of the major characters and analyze in detail) Slide 4- Literary Elements of Plot (Exposition, Conflict, Rising Action, Climax, Falling Action, Resolution) Slide 5- Compare/contrast book and movie (5 similarities, 5-10 differences) Slide 6- Quote analysis- choose 2 from the list Slide 7- Identify the theme (short paragraph) Slide 8- Making connections (text to text, text to self, text to world) Slide 9- Pictures Slide 10- Conclusion, bring it all to a close
Week of 5/26-5/29
ELA- In addition to your PowerPoint on "To Kill A Mockingbird", you will also be submitting a written component that is broken into 3 parts. Please do this in a separate Google Docs or Notability file that will be handed in along with your PowerPoint. Email this portion of the project to Mrs. Dawson or Miss Berardi on Friday. When you finish your PowerPoint, try to share it with my email: email@example.com and I will let you know if I received it! This is all due Friday, 5/29 NO EXCEPTIONS!
PART ONE: The Scottsboro Case You will be researching the Scottsboro case. Write a persuasive paragraph arguing whether or not you believe that the Scottsboro case mirrors Tom Robinson’s trial; use the Supreme Court decision, first-person accounts of the case, and information about the legal system of 1930’s America to help prove your points. (6-8 sentences)
ELA- PART TWO: Laws of Life Atticus Finch is a very wise and moral character who imparts much wisdom on his children and neighbors. Create a list of “Atticus’ Laws of Life,” as well as your own laws of life. What are 3 important lessons Atticus teaches throughout the novel? What are some of his mottos? Choose three significant quotes from the novel and explain for each what lesson Atticus is trying to teach. Then, create a list of AT LEAST 5 of your own laws of life! What ideals do you live by or what helps guide your life and why? Explain each of them.
ELA- PART THREE: Mockingbird Symbolism A dominant motif, or recurring thematic idea, in Harper Lee's novel, "To Kill a Mockingbird", is the symbolic importance of the mockingbird. In the story, Atticus tells his children, "...it is a sin to kill a mockingbird." In a paragraph, explain how Atticus Finch, Tom Robinson, and Boo Radley are metaphorically portrayed as mockingbirds. Cite specific details and quotes to support these characterizations. (6-8 sentences)
ELA- To Kill A Mockingbird PowerPoint and Writing Component due today
To Kill A Mockingbird Chapters 1-10 due Monday, 4/20
Chapter 1 1. Our narrator is Scout, a girl who will grow from age 6 to almost 9 during the story. What do you suppose we, as the readers, should be aware of as we listen to Scout tell her story? Is a child a reliable or unreliable narrator? Defend your answer. 2. We know that the setting of this story will be Maycomb, Alabama, a sleepy Southern town that’s a little rough around the edges. What is the time period of this story? Give evidence to support your conclusion about the time period of this novel. 3. Who are the Radleys? Describe their house and yard. 4. Who were the Cunningham boys and what happened to them? What’s the irony here? 5. Find a simile from this chapter and write down the sentence in which it appears. (Yes, I want you to write down the full sentence.) Explain what is being compared and the meaning behind this expression you chose.
Chapter 2 1. Why does Scout’s ability to read and write annoy her teacher? What do you think of Miss Caroline Fisher as a teacher? 2. Atticus says that country people, like the Cunninghams, were hit the hardest by “the crash.” To what is he referring? Why would country people be the ones to suffer the most? Why are professional people also suffering? 3. Why does Jem not want Scout to acknowledge him at school? Is his behavior typical of an older brother?
Chapter 3 1. Why does Walter Cunningham drench his lunch in molasses/syrup? 2. When Scout criticizes Walter Cunningham’s eating habits, Calpurnia scolds Scout, smacks her on the bottom as she sends the girl out of the room, and then lectures her on proper manners, saying, “Yo’ folks might be better’n the Cunninghams but it don’t count for nothin’ the way you’re disgracin’ ‘em.” What does Calpurnia mean here? Is she right? 3. In the tiff between Scout and Calpurnia, Atticus takes Calpurnia’s side. What does this show us? 4. Describe the way that Atticus treats Walter. What do you think of this? 5. What is the “compromise” which Atticus suggests at the end of the chapter? 6. Who are the Ewells? Why do Maycomb officials bend the rules for the Ewells? How are they the same as the Cunninghams? How are they different?
Chapter 4 1. What does Scout think of her school’s new style of education? What does this failing show us about adults? 2. What’s the first thing Scout finds in the knothole of the tree on the edge of the Radley property? What’s the second thing she finds? How many of each item was there? Significance of this? Who, do you suppose, put the items in the tree hole? 3. Scout has two reasons for wanting to quit Jem and Dill’s Radley game. What are they?
Chapter 5 1. Describe Miss Maudie Atkinson. How typical is sheof Maycomb’s women? What do the children think of her? 2. What does Miss Maudie tell Scout about Boo? How does this compare with what Scout already believes? 3. Scout says that “Dill Harris could tell the biggest” lies she ever heard. Why might Dill have told such lies? 4. Paraphrase Atticus’ speech about the Radleys’ right to privacy. Do you agree with his point of view? Why or why not? Chapter 6 1. List the four reasons Jem and Dill give for deciding to peek into the Radley window on this particular night. 2. Find and write down the line from early in the chapter that foreshadows the trouble Jem will have when he tries to flee the Radley’s backyard. 3. Jem wants to return to the Radley yard and fetch his pants so he can stay out of trouble with Atticus. Scout wants Jem to leave the pants where they are and face the consequences with Atticus. With which child do you agree? Why?
Chapter 7 1. According to Scout, what’s the only good thing about second grade? 2. What spooked Jem on the night of the Radley house incident? Who, do you suppose, did this? 3. After they find the soap dolls, what does Jem realize that Scout does not yet understand? 4. At the end of the chapter, Jem quietly cries alone on the porch. Give two reasons to explain Jem’s tears.
Chapter 8 1. What does Mr. Avery say that bad children cause? What’s ironic about this, given Jem and Scout’s reaction to the snow? 2. Why does Atticus awaken Jem and Scout instead of just letting them sleep through the fire incident? Give a line of text to support your answer. 3. During the fire, Boo Radley has quietly placed a blanket across Scout’s shoulders. Why doesn’t Jem want his father to return the blanket to the Radley family? 4. After the fire is over, how does Miss Maudie feel about the destruction of her house? What does this tell you about her character, her values?
Chapter 9 1. When Atticus speaks of defending Tom Robinson, he says, “Simply because we were licked a hundred years before we started is no reason for us not to try to win.” To what is Atticus referring? Why would it be worthwhile to fight a battle that you know you’re going to lose? 2. Atticus is worried about “ugly things” that the family will face in the next few months. Although we haven’t read this part of the story yet, what sorts of things do you suppose have Atticus worried? Make a prediction. 3. Thinking back to earlier chapters, what do we know about the Ewells? From this chapter, what do we know about Tom Robinson? Given this, why would the townsfolk be more likely to accept Mr. Ewell’s tetimony than Mr. Robinson’s? 5. According to Atticus, what is Maycomb’s “usual disease?” Why is he worried that his children will catch it?
Chapter 10 1. Record the line of text that includes the reference to the title. Explain its meaning in the scene and take a guess as to the idea’s larger meaning. I know you haven’t finished the book yet, but I still want you to guess about how this line connects to the message of the novel. 2. At the beginning of the chapter, Scout is critical of Atticus because he seems old and doesn’t do anything that she deems impressive. By the end of the chapter, her opinion has changed. Why? 3. Why isn’t Atticus proud of his shooting ability? 4. What is Miss Stephanie Crawford’s reaction to the death of Tim Johnson?
To Kill A Mockingbird Chapters 11-20 due Monday, 5/4
Chapter 11 1. What did Mrs. Henry Lafyaette Dubose cause Jem to do? What was Jem’s punishment? Did it fit his crime? 2. Atticus is not upset that Mrs. Dubose calls him foul names behind his back. To Scout, he explains, “...it’s never an insult to be called what somebody thinks is a bad name. It just shows you how poor that person is, it doesn’t hurt you.” Explain his meaning. Do you agree or disagree with him? Why? Finally, give a real-world example from your life to support your point. 3. Why does Mrs. Dubose keep the children a few minutes longer each day? In what ways was Mrs. Dubose considered heroic? 4. Other than living on the same street, what do Boo Radley, Atticus, and Mrs. Dubose all have in common? What larger message is supported by examination of these three characters? 5. Look back over this chapter and find two similes. I want you to write down the full sentence in which each simile appears. Explain the meaning of each expression.
Chapter 12 1. Why is the church named First Purchase? Why do Jem and Scout go to church with Calpurnia and not Atticus? 2. Does Lula speak for the majority opinion in the congregation? Why does the author include her in the church scene? 3. What is the crime that’s been charged against Tom Robinson? 4. Why can’t Helen Robinson work and support her three children? 5. What nasty surprise awaits the children at the very end of the chapter?
Chapter 13 1. Scout and Aunt Alexandra communicate very poorly with each other. Is the fault more with one than the other, or are they equally at fault? Explain your answer. 2. What’s the reason the children are given as to why Aunt Alexandra has come to stay with them? What do you think is the real reason? 3. What did Cousin Joshua do and how does he become a wedge between Aunt Alexandra and Atticus? 4. Look at the last short paragraph of the chapter. What was Atticus trying to do? Why is this sort of thing, according to Scout, better left to a woman?
Chapter 14 1. What can you infer about Atticus’ explanation of rape? Why does Atticus explain the crime in this way? 2. What does Jem do that, to Scout, symbolizes the end of his childhood? 3. Twice now, Scout has considered running away. Dill did, in fact, run away from home. Why, according to Dill, hasn’t Boo Radley ever run away from his terrible home?
Chapter 15 1. What was the “sickening comic aspect” of Atticus’ exchange with the small mob of men? 2. Why does Jem openly defy Atticus and refuse to leave? 3. What does Scout’s childish attempt at conversation accomplish? Explain. 4. Why was Atticus so affectionate toward Jem, even after Jem disobeyed him?
Chapter 16 1. What does Scout learn about mob mentality? 2. Describe Mr. Dolphus Raymond’s way of life and how it affects the town. Why did Mr. Dolphus Raymond’s fiancée die? What does this show the reader about life in Maycomb? 3. Jem says that “mixed” children are sad because they don’t belong anywhere. What does he mean? 4. Symbolically, what does the physical structure of the courthouse show us about the people of Maycomb? 5. Why didn’t Atticus tell his children he was defending Tom Robinson? As the examination begins, Atticus’ table is bare. What does this show us?
Chapter 17 1. Scout says that Atticus has an “infinite capacity for calming turbulent seas.” What does she mean by this? 2. In history, who was Robert E. Lee? Feel free to look up this info. and write down what you discover. What’s interesting about this man being Mr. Ewell’s namesake? Also, what is interesting about the fact that Mr. Ewell is left-handed? 3. Looking at the Ewell property, what item stands out as not belonging with all of the other broken junk? What might this symbolize? 4. Why didn’t Mr. Ewell have a doctor check out his daughter? What does this show us about the man? 5. Look at the last line of the chapter. What is the old saying that Scout refers to here? How is this an appropriate idiom for this point in the trial?
Chapter 18 1. What does Atticus do that makes Mayella Ewell think that he’s making fun of her? What does this show us about Mayella’s life? Is Mayella like her father or different from him? If so, how? 2. What is so important about Tom Robinson’s physical appearance? What, according to the testimony, does this prove? 3. What does Scout notice about Mayella as she leaves the witness stand and passes Atticus’ defense table?
Chapter 19 1. Explain Tom’s version of the events on the evening of Nov. 21. 2. How is Mr. Link Deas heroic? 3. Why was it a “mistake” for Tom to say that he felt sorry for Mayella? 4. Miss Maudie once said that Atticus Finch is “the same in the courtroom as he is on the public streets.” What makes this such an awesome compliment?
Chapter 20 1. At the beginning of the chapter, we find out that Mr. Raymond sips only Coca-Cola from a paper sack, deliberately pretending to be drunk. Why does he do this? 2. Scout says that Mr. Dolphus Raymond was “an evil man.” Is she right? Explain your answer. 3. Why, according to Atticus, did Mayelle throw her false accusation at Tom? 4. According to Atticus, what is the only institution that can serve as an equalizer of men? Do you agree or disagree with this idea?
To Kill A Mockingbird Chapters 21-31 due Monday 5/18
Chapter 21 1. Jem is confident that Atticus has won the case, but Atticus is not as certain. Write the line of text that shows Atticus knows he’ll lose, but that he’s not ready to take away Jem’s hope. 2. Why is a long-deliberating jury a good sign? 3. How does Scout “know” the verdict before she hears it? 4. Why do the people in the balcony gallery stand when Atticus leaves the courtroom?
Chapter 22 1. Aunt Alexandra tries to scold Atticus for allowing the children to attend the trial, but Atticus says, “This is their home, sister...We’ve made it this way for them, they might as well learn to cope with it.” Explain Atticus’ message. 2. Even though Atticus lost the case, why is the community so grateful that they are dropping off food for him? 3. What’s interesting about Miss Maudie’s cake? 4. How did Judge Taylor try to help Tom? 5. What does Dill say he wants to be when he’s grown? Why?
Chapter 23 1. How does Atticus react to Bob Ewell’s threat against him? 2. What is “circumstantial evidence” and what does it have to do with Tom’s case? 3. Why do you think, as Scout says so clearly toward the end of the chapter, folks just don’t get along with each other? Why do we allow this separation of race and class to still exist? 4. At the end of this chapter, Jem forms a new theory about why Boo Radley rarely leaves his house. What is this? How likely is it to be true?
Chapter 24 1. Do you think the missionary ladies are sincere in worrying about the “Mrunas,” a tribe in Africa? Give reasons for your answer. Be sure to include any ironic elements you notice in this part of the chapter. 2. Scout feels she prefers men to women. Why? Do you agree with her reasons? 3. Explain briefly how Tom was killed. What is Atticus’ explanation for Tom’s attempted escape? Do you agree with Atticus? 4. Miss Maudie says, “We’re paying the highest tribute we can pay a man.” What does she mean? 5. Toward the end of this chapter, we see Aunt Alexandra in a new light. How so? Explain how Miss Maudie becomes a sudden supporter of Alexandra.
Chapter 25 1. Explain how Scout’s treatment of the roly-poly bug mirrors the way the town of Maycomb treated Tom Robinson. 2. Everyone in town talks about Tom’s death, most saying it’s “typical.” What do they mean? 3. Find the line from the end of the chapter in which Mr. Underwood’s editorial in the Maycomb Tribune echoes Atticus’ earlier advice to Jem and Scout when they were given their guns. Then, explain how this connects to the title of the novel. Who is the mockingbird? 4. At the end of the book, the children find out that Mr. Ewell was thrilled to hear about the death of Tom and reportedly “said it made one down and about two more to go.” Who, do you suppose, are the “two more” that Mr. Ewell is targeting? Do you believe his threat?
Chapter 26 1. Apparently, Atticus has known all along about the night Jem lost his pants on the Radleys’ fence, but he never felt the need to say anything about it. What physical evidence led Atticus to make his realization? 2. Despite the drama of the summer, Atticus wins an unopposed re-election to the state legislature in the fall. Give two possible meanings that could be taken from this. 3. In her lesson on Hitler, Miss Gates says that Americans “don’t believe in persecuting anybody.” What’s ironic about her statement? 4. Why does Scout’s question upset Jem?
Chapter 27 1. What were the three notable things that happened in Maycomb by the middle of October? How does the circumstance of each show the reader something about Bob Ewell’s character? 2. What part of the Mruna family structure do the Maycomb ladies find particularly offensive? What do you think of this system? 3. Why do Atticus and Aunt Alexandra not intend to go to the Halloween pageant? 4. The last line of the chapter gives a sense of foreboding to the reader because, clearly, something dark and nefarious is going to happen this evening. Look back over the chapter and write down another line of text or paraphrase a plot element that contributes to this foreshadowing of something bad to come.
Chapter 28 1. There are several unfortunate elements to the evening that leave Jem and Scout especially vulnerable to Mr. Ewell’s attack. Name four of these elements. 2. Scout’s view of the events in the field are obscured by her ham costume. Using her descriptions and information from the end of the chapter, retell the events of the attack as you understand them. 3. What’s significant about the clothing that Aunt Alexandra hands to Scout when she arrives home? 4. We don’t know yet who the stranger is that carried Jem home, but you might have a good idea. Take a guess
Chapter 29 1. What does Atticus think was wrong with Mr. Ewell? What does Heck Tate think was wrong with Mr. Ewell? With whom do you agree and why? 2. What causes the “shiny clean line” on the otherwise “dull wire” of Scout’s costume? 3. Briefly describe the meeting between Scout and Boo.
Chapter 30 1. When Atticus first thinks that Jem was the one who killed Bob Ewell, what is Atticus ready to do? What does this show the reader about Atticus? 2. Atticus and Heck Tate have a heated argument, as Atticus assumes Heck is ready to cover up Bob Ewell’s killing as a move to protect Jem. Who is Heck really trying to protect? Why does Heck fight so hard to protect this person? 3. Heck Tate has tampered with evidence to make it appear that Ewell was killed by falling on his own knife. What piece of evidence did Heck remove from the scene of the crime? 4. Did Heck Tate do the right thing? Explain your answer.
Chapter 31 1. After she takes Boo home, Scout understands many new things because she is able to see the street from his point of view. Explain some of the things she now understands about Boo’s perspective. 2. In what way is Scout’s neighborhood/street similar to the Mruna tribe in Africa? 3. Reread the first line from chapter 1. How do the events in the final chapters connect to this line? Do you find this storytelling technique effective? Why or why not? 4. At the end of the novel, Atticus reads to Scout as she drifts off to sleep. How does the topic of the story connect to one of this novel’s major themes?
Week of 6/1-6/5
ELA- Complete 5 articles due Friday for "Great Poets" Article A Day Set on ReadWorks. (class code- XVTW3N password- 1234)
HAPPY GRADUATION DAY! I AM SO PROUD OF YOU ALL FOR FINISHING THE YEAR OFF STRONG, DESPITE THE CHALLENGES YOU WERE FACED WITH. AFTER ALL YOUR HARD WORK, NOW YOU CAN FINALLY RELAX. YOU DID IT!!! GOOD LUCK IN HIGH SCHOOL, WE WILL MISS YOU VERY MUCH!