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Spring 2015 PBL - To Kill a Mockingbird

Beginning to End of PBL for "What's My Story?" related to To Kill a Mockingbird-Work in Progress!
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Transcript of Spring 2015 PBL - To Kill a Mockingbird

To Kill a Mockinbird &
Spring 2015 PBL

"A Picture's Worth 1,000 Words"
Agenda - Day Three
Agenda - Day One
(Introduce
To Kill a Mockingbird
)
1. Hand out
To Kill a Mockingbird
2. Watch the Courthouse Scene of Movie
3. Review Rhetorical Devices in Atticus' closing arguments
4. Read Scout's Story (the first few pages of the book)
5. Journal entry: Initial response to "What's My Story"
HOMEWORK: Bring a picture (magazine or photo) that tells your story
1. Quiz over
TKM
, chapters 1-9, ECA-style; Gold Day Only
2. Exploring the Text
a. Exploring the text as a whole class
(1) "It's a sin to kill a mockingbird" (Lee 119).
(2) The Tim Johnson incident (chapter 10) - Individually, pairs,
whole class.
b. Exploring characters (from Character slide - draw pictures/provide evidence, do constructed response.)

Agenda - Day Two
(Introduce PBL)
1. Class sharing-our pictures
2. From last agenda - read the beginning of Chapter 1 in TKM
3. Music Video leading into Compelling Question
4. Begin Inquiry List
a. Break into groups & discuss final project(s)
b. Answer: What do we need to know to get there?
1. Google Classroom activity: Responding to pictures
2. Examining the website www.annefrank.org & taking ECA-style quiz (or maybe not!)
3. Visual storytelling article - annotate & questions
4. Sharing our own stories in one picture (Memoir)
5. Writing about our stories using Imagery, Diction,
Figurative Language, and Detail.
6. Characterization: Dill(6-8), Walter Cunningham(19), Burris Ewell(26-28)
Homes in Ethiopia
Anne Frank House
AGENDA - 4/23-24/15
HOMEWORK: Read THROUGH Chpt. 9
Herb Snitzer,
photo journalist
What Story Do I Want To Tell?
What Story Do I Want To Tell?
Media for TKM Opening
Make a picture/description of Scout 20 years from now. Then, ultimately, write a letter to yourself in 20 years. (Don't introduce these together.)
PREDICTIONS
What does pushing the racial stereotypes of today look like (compared to in the 30's)
What does pushing gender stereotypes of today look like (compared to the 30's_
Journal:

Write an ENTIRE PAGE about your life. This time it can be whatever you want - an entire overview, a season, or a specific event.
G3 Exit Ticket
4/15/15

Compare and/or contrast what you have on your bedroom walls to what Anne Frank had on hers to our culminating visual story you'll be doing in English.
1. Chapters 10-14 ECA-style Quiz
2. "Fishbowl" Socratic Seminar
3. Recap letter from Regula
4. TKAM Collage (Through Scout's eyes)

Themes
1. Empathy (39-40)
2. Education (43-44-tone)
3. Femininity (105, 108, 153-4, 170, 182: Look at this metaphor together)
4. "It's a sin to kill a mockingbird" (119)


Miscellaneous Questions
1. Why did Atticus take the Tom Robinson case? (117)


Characters
1. Burris Ewell (34-37, 40-41)
2. Boo Radley (12-19, 44+(the knothole), Jem's pants (77-78), 95-96
3. Miss Maudie (58-61)
4.Mrs. Henry Lafayette Dubose (chapter 11)
5. Calpurnia (153-4, 156 -really, all of chapter 12)
6. Atticus Finch
Why does Harper Lee have this particular character in the novel? Respond using a constructed response format.
Other Character Options
1. Miss Caroline
2. Scout
3. Jem
4. Dill
5. Walter Cunningham
6. Miss Stephanie Crawford
7. Mr. Avery
8. Nathan Radley
Agenda for 4/27-28/15
As we have previously discussed, symbolism is when an object stands for something else or has a special meaning associated with it.
HOWEVER, symbols can be things other than objects. Names can (and often are) symbolic.
When writers are choosing names for characters, they often want to choose a name that fits that character’s personality. Harper Lee was no different when she assigned names to the memorable characters in
To Kill a Mockingbird.

The Essence of Symbolism
What's in a Name?
Atticus Finch
Is he a good lawyer that takes his job seriously?
He is an excellent lawyer who believes in the judicial system. This shows specifically through the way he defends Tom Robinson.
Are all men truly equal according to Atticus?
In the courtroom, Atticus believes that people should be treated equally.
Atticus the Lawyer
Atticus is the English respelling of the Greek word “Attikos.” This word was used by an Athenian poet and legal reformer named Solon in his writings.
It ties Atticus to Solon, who was responsible for instituting the democratic laws of Athens sometime between 640-559 BC.

Take a guess at what his name means…
Scout is the narrator of this story (1st person p.o.v.)
What exactly is a scout? The American Heritage College Dictionary defines a scout as “one that is dispatched from the main body to gather information…to observe and evaluate.”
Scout
So why did Harper Lee chose this nickname for Jean Louise Finch?

Somebody please describe Jeremy Finch for me.

Okay, so why might Jem be a symbolic name?
A gem, besides a valuable stone, is also defined in The American Heritage College Dictionary as “a beloved or highly prized person.”
The author, like the characters in the book, like most readers of the novel, think Jem is a special boy.
Jem
We know that Calpurnia is the faithful, strict, motherly maid of the Finch family. However, was this name choice symbolic?
Calphurnia was the third wife of the Roman Emperor Julius Caesar (100-44 BC) who was noted for her faithfulness, but who had no children of her own.
The similarity in faithfulness is apparent, but what is troubling? Does that matter?
Calpurnia
Have fun describing this man…

Despicable. Mean. Violent. He spends his welfare checks on booze. It was hinted at that he has a sexual relationship with Mayella. He threatened Atticus. It’s obvious he planned the Tom Robinson trial. The list of reasons he’s THE bad guy of this novel goes on and on and on. Guess what “Ewell” means?

Ewell is an old English form of the word e-v-i-l.

Bob Ewell
Arthur "Boo" Radley
What’s his real name?
Arthur
Any connection to other pieces of literature?
King Arthur

Does that fit his character?
Maybe...He secretly put a blanket on Scout and sewed Jem's pants. But could his name , foreshadow something else?!
Scout interacts with many characters in the novel including Atticus, Calpurnia, Jem, Dill, various townspeople (including Ms. Dubose, Mr. Avery, Heck Tate, Miss Maudie, Miss Stephanie, and Miss Rachel), Boo (although in a different way), Miss Caroline, and others.
Analyzing Characters
With your group, select three characters and categorize them by how much they influence Scout’s maturity. Number one should be the most influential and go down from there. You must have rationale for your decisions. Feel free to get creative in your presentation whether it be in writing, diagram, or pictures (or a combination.)
From this list of three, your group will create a “Letter to Scout” from the unique viewpoint of one of these characters. You will be graded on the normal language conventions, but also on if the perspective fits what we know about the characters—including Scout.
You will be deciding as a group which number (1 or 2) you present to the class.
1. With your group, select three characters and categorize them by how much they influence Scout’s maturity. Number one should be the most influential and go down from there. You must have rationale for your decisions. Feel free to get creative in your presentation whether it be in writing, diagram, or pictures (or a combination.)
2. From this list of three, your group will create a “Letter to Scout” from the unique viewpoint of one of these characters. You will be graded on the normal language conventions, but also on if the perspective fits what we know about the characters—including Scout.
3. You will be deciding as a group which number (1 or 2) you present to the class.
Diving Into Characterization
Dear Jean Louise,

I am well aware that up to this juncture, you have had very little instruction in feminine ways. I consider it my high calling to remedy that by coming to stay with you and teaching you in these crucial areas. Without my guidance, I fear you will not appropriately carry on the Finch name in a way becoming to a lady of your stature.

Graciously,
Aunt Alexandria
1. Person A will be the recorder for number one.
2. Person B will be the recorder for number two.
3. Person C will share either number one or number two with the class.
Group Assignments
Why does Harper Lee have this particular character in the novel? Respond using a constructed response format.
AGENDA
Wendesday 4/29 & Monday 5/4
1. ECA Practice Test
2. Symbolism lesson: "What's in a Name?"
In a well-developed essay (intro with 3-pronged thesis, 3 body paragraphs, and a conclusion) answer the following prompt based on symbolism in To Kill a Mockingbird and your story:
Choose several key people (or a person) from your own life and create a name/names for them. Why did you choose your name(s)? Provide examples to support your answers.
My sample thesis (3Ps: preview, 3-pronged, parallel): If I had to select three people in my life to create symbolic names for based on their importance, I would choose my mom, my dad and my husband.
Topic sentence 1: My mother's name would be Elizabeth, named after a character in the Bible.
Topic sentence 2: My dad is kind and compassionate, just like Jesus, who's English name is Joshua.
Topic sentence 3: My husband is always trying to figure things out, a real philosopher who sometimes gets in trouble for his ideas, just like Aristotle.
Grant, Samantha,Hope, Brayden, Kamrin, Jane, Jared, Jessica, Tony, Preston M., Preston B. are staying in here.
Agenda
5/13/15
1. Vocab 10 - 1 per week, quiz next class
2. Hand out visual storytelling article
3. Answer ECA-style questions on exittix; review
4. Group proposals for the visual storytelling mural/collage assignment
PROPOSAL
HOW ARE WE GOING TO DO THAT???
*The goal is to tell our story (whatever "our" means!) through a visual medium/mediums. Then, we will give our creations to the children/teens in Ethiopia.
Consider:
1. How big should our mural/collage/picture be?
2. Should we make one for the entire class or smaller ones?
3. Should we draw, paint, use photographs, magazines, a combination? And what should we do it on (the type of material)?
4. Based on the above answers, what materials does Mrs. Black need to get?
5. What story/stories should we tell?
6. Are there other questions and things we need to answer/brainstorm?
Agenda
5/21-22/15
1. Vocab Quiz 11
2. Peer Editing of Personal Memoirs
3. Coming up with the mural plans
4. If time, finish watching
TKAM
Things to Consider for the Mural
1. Color
2. Medium (Paint, drawing, some pictures...or all of them?!)
3. Actually sketch out a layout for both the little kids and teens' murals
4. How will we handle individual assignments so everyone contributes?
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