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To Kill a Mockingbird
Transcript of To Kill a Mockingbird
To Kill a Mockingbird
by Harper Lee
Vocabulary to know:
After viewing the trailer, what do you think
To Kill a Mockingbird
will be about? Why?
To you, what was the most interesting part of the documentary/ movie trailer? Why?
Chapter 1 Vocabulary
1. piety: reverence for God; fulfillment of religious obligations
2. nebulous: vague or unclear
"a story coming down from the past; especially : one popularly regarded as historical although not verifiable"
"Jem gave a reasonable definition of Boo: Boo was about six-and-a-half feet tall, judging from his tracks; he dined on raw squirrels and any cats he could catch, that's why his hands were blood stained-- if you ate an animal raw, you could never wash the blood off. There was a long jagged scar that ran across his face; what teeth he had were yellow and rotten; his eyes popped, and he drooled most of the time " (14).
Consider Scout's description of Boo Radley:
Some drawings based on this description...
"In fiction, as in life, the unreliable narrator is a narrator who can't be trusted. Either from ignorance or self-interest, this narrator speaks with a bias, makes mistakes, or even lies"
Why do you think Scout could be considered an unreliable narrator?
"an enormous and confusing tribe domiciled in the northern part of the county, and they formed the nearest thing to a gang ever seen in Maycomb" (10).
"...and sometimes in the middle of a game he would sigh at length, then go off and play by himself behind the car-house. When he was like that, I knew better than to bother him " (7).
"'Scout yonder's been readin' ever since she was born, and she ain't even started to school yet'" (7).
"Jem and I found our father satisfactory; he played with us, read to us, and treated us with courteous detachment" (6).
"She was always ordering me out of the kitchen, asking me why I couldn't behave as well as Jem when she knew he was older, and calling me home when I wasn't ready to come" (6).
"'I'm little but I'm old'" (7).
"Nobody knew what form of intimidation Mr. Radley employed to keep Boo out of sight, but Jem figured that Mr. Radley kept him chained to the bed most of the time" (12).
After reading Chapter 1...
Look at pages 5 & 6. How does Scout describe the culture of her hometown?
What do we know about Scout's father?
Why do you think she calls him by his first name?
How does Scout describe his profession (5)?
What do you think of Jem's story about Boo Radley (11-12)?
Any ideas what's wrong with him?
Jem and Dill compare Boo Radley to a turtle (15). Why do you think Lee decided to compare Boo, a supposedly frightening creature, to this animal?
Ticket out the Door:
Chapters 2 & 3 Vocabulary
Chapters 2 & 3 Review
1. When Miss Caroline realizes that Walter Cunningham did not bring lunch, what does she offer him?
2. What does Jem do when he finds out about Scout and Walter's fight?
3. What does Walter do at the dinner table that astonishes Scout?
4. What does Miss Caroline notice in Burris Ewell's hair?
So far, what do we know about the Ewell family?
Why is Scout’s first day of school so disappointing to her?
What does Scout’s attitude toward Miss Caroline at lunchtime tell the reader about
Scout’s personality (21)?
Why does Scout fight Walter Cunningham in the school yard?
Reread the last few pages of Chapter 3. How would you describe the relationship
between Atticus and Scout?
Why does Dill tell stories about his dad (36)?
How does the last line (“Someone inside the house was laughing” (41)) make you feel?
Before you read...
Chapter 4 VOCABULARY
parceled: divided and distributed
"When the Girl Scout cookies arrived, we parceled the boxes within two days."
evasion: the act of avoiding or hiding
"In the President's speech, evasion of the gay marriage issue was very obvious."
Boo Radley's house
As you read Chapters 5 & 6, please record 4 new vocabulary words, their contexts, and their definitions. This is an INDEPENDENT assignment.
Please read Chapters 5 & 6 silently and fill out the reading guide. If you finish early, please sit quietly or work on other homework.
On page 39, Scout says, "Jem was a born hero."
What is a hero?
Are they born or made? How is Jem a hero?
Chapters 5 & 6 Quiz
1. In the note sent to Boo Radley, what do Dill and Jem ask him to do?
2. What did Jem lose as he was frantically escaping the Radley home?
3. At what/ whom did Nathan Radley think he shot?
Chapter 5 Discussion Questions
1. What kind of person is Miss
2. What was Atticus’s reaction to the children giving Boo a note?
Chapter 6 Discussion Questions
1. Why do you think Jem and Dill let Scout tag along when they go to Boo’s house?
2. At the end of the chapter, Scout says that she and Jem began to part ways. What do you
think she means?
1. Direct characterization:
the audience what the personality of the character is.
2. Indirect characterization:
things that reveal the personality of a character.
What does the character say? How does the character speak?
What is revealed through the character’s private thoughts and feelings?
*toward the character.
What is revealed through the character’s effect on other people? How do other characters feel or behave in reaction to the character?
What does the character do? How does the character behave?
What does the character look like? How does the character dress?
After watching "Hey Boo..."
1. Why does Wally Lamb call Scout "a very typically American character"?
"Hey Boo": Dill Harris
1. Who was the character of Dill Harris based upon?
2. What two events caused Harper Lee stop writing?
"Although the book was an indictment on racism, it wasn't an indictment on the racist"
1. indictment: a formal charge or accusation of a serious crime.
After "Hey Boo"
What do you think this statement means?
In your journals...
Do you think
To Kill a Mockingbird
is a revolutionary text? Explain your answer.
by Abel Meeropol
1. Why does Scout cry when the hole of the tree gets filled in?
2. Look at what Atticus says about the tree's health compared to what Mr. Radley says about it (70-71). How are their ideas different?
3. What might this tree represent? Think symbolism!
Chapters 7-8 Review
Who has been putting gifts in the tree for Scout and Jem?
Why do you think someone mended and folded Jem’s pants over the fence?
Why does Atticus feel he must defend Tom Robinson if he wants his children to obey him?
What do you think of Scout when she begs Uncle Jack not to tell Atticus the truth? Is her character changing at all?
Why do you think Atticus never mentioned his shooting ability to his kids? (Think indirect characterization)
"'Shoot at all the bluejays you want, if you can hit 'em, but remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird'" (103).
"Blue Jays are known to take and eat eggs and nestlings of other birds"
"[Blue jays] take dead and injured small vertebrates. Blue Jays sometimes raid nests for eggs and nestlings, and sometimes pick up dead or dying adult birds"
"Blue Jays are disliked by many people for their aggressive ways"
Exploring the Symbolism: Blue Jays
Exploring the Symbolism: Mockingbirds
"The Northern Mockingbird enjoys making its presence known. It usually sits conspicuously on high vegetation, fences, eaves, or telephone wires, or runs and hops along the ground"
"Northern Mockingbirds continue to add new sounds to their repertoires throughout their lives. A male may learn around 200 songs throughout its life"
This quote about mockingbirds is so important to the story that it gives the novel its title.
What do you think this quote symbolizes?
the process of breaking down or being destroyed
a long negative speech
1. What does Mrs. Dubose say that particularly upsets Jem?
2. What does Jem buy Scout?
3. What does Jem do when he passes by Mrs. Dubose’s house and she isn’t on the porch?
4. What is Jem’s punishment?
5. What pattern emerges in the afternoon reading sessions?
Chapter 12 VOCABULARY
qualms: feelings of unease or nervousness
austere: strict or severe
prerogative: a right to do something
1. What happens to Jem at age 12?
2. Why does Calpurnia take Scout and Jem to church with her?
3. How do the other members of First Purchase behave?
4. How did Calpurnia learn to read?
5. What is Atticus supposed to discuss with Scout and Jem (because Calpurnia is uncomfortable talking about it)?
6. Why do you think Lee separates Calpurnia from her peers by making her educated?
7. What motivates Aunt Alexandra to come stay with Atticus and the children?
Audio: Chapter 11
Complete worksheet for Wednesday.
1. Why is Jem scared about Atticus defending Tom Robinson?
2. When Atticus left Jem and Scout for the night, where did they find him?
3. How does Atticus react when Scout and Jem join him?
4. What were you thinking/ how were you feeling when Scout addressed Mr. Cunningham?
5. Consider Scout's age and maturity. What triggers her to speak to Mr. Cunningham?
6. What effect did Scout have on the mob? Why?
Ch. 16-17 vocabulary
unobtrusive: inconspicuous or not very noticeable
scrutiny: careful examination
1. Where do Jem, Scout, and Dill sit during the trial?
2. Who is Mayella Ewell?
3. Why is it important that Bob Ewell is left-handed?
Chapter 18 Vocabulary
A piece of furniture consisting of a set of drawers that fit within a frame.
soothed or calmed
The act or state of holding unreasonable preconceived judgments or convictions.
Atticus's Final Statement
1. Which "rigid and time-honored code of our society" did Mayella break (231)?
2. To which historical document does Atticus allude (233)?
3. Of what is Mayella Ewell a victim (233)?
"What happened after that had a dreamlike quality: in a dream I saw the jury return, moving like underwater swimmers, and Judge Taylor's voice came from far away, and was tiny. I saw something only a lawyer's child could be expected to see, could be expected to watch for, and it was like watching Atticus walk into the street, raise a rifle to his shoulder and pull the trigger, but watching all the time knowing that the gun was empty" (240).
What was the final verdict?
How did the people sitting in the balcony respond to the verdict?
SSR: Chapters 22 & 23
Chapters 22 & 23 Vocabulary:
1. ruefully: in a pitiful, sorrowful manner
2. credibility: believability
3. adamant: firm and unyielding or stubborn
1. How does Jem react to the verdict?
2. What does Mr. Ewell do to Atticus?
3. What does Jem believe is the answer to the unjust trial verdict (220)? Why?
4. Summarize what Atticus says about the judicial system in 1930s Alabama (220-222).
Complete Chapters 21-23 Review on Schoology for Wednesday.
1. Why are the ladies congregated in the Finch home?
2. How would you describe Mrs. Merriweather?
3. Why does Miss Maudie say, "His food doesn't stick going down, does it" (266)?
4. Look at what Mrs. Merriweather says about "hypocrites" on page 267. Who are the hypocrites?
Look at the first full paragraph on page 275.
How is it written?
What is the general message?
What statement is Lee trying to make with this paragraph?
Venn Diagram: Ewells vs. Cunninghams
"Every Friday night, I conferred with my best friend to decide what to do."
expounding: explaining in great detail
"My dad continued expounding on his college basketball team even though we didn't care."
"The girl judiciously stopped talking after she offended the teacher."
concessions: acts of acknowledging and accepting the opposing party’s point (verb: concede)
"In the debate, the president offered concessions about his opponent's healthcare proposal because the popular vote was in his opponent's favor."
Chapter 11 Vocabulary
PBS Frontline: A Class Divided
Work on these for 10 minutes, then be ready to share your answers with the rest of the class.
Empathy is "being aware of and sharing another person's feelings, experiences, and emotions"
So far in the book, how has Scout shown that she does not have empathy for other people?
"'You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view--'
"--until you climb into his skin and walk around in it'" (Lee 30).
Going to school makes Scout feel
____________________. When passing the _______________________ house one day, Scout notices something in the ___________. Scout finds two ______________________ in the tree on the last day of school. Scout rolls in an old tire and lands in front of the ____________________ house. After that, Scout, Jem, and Dill begin playing a game called "___________________________" until ___________________________ tells them to stop.
Chapter 4 Summary