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To Kill a Mockingbird Symbol Notes

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Alexis King

on 18 November 2013

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Transcript of To Kill a Mockingbird Symbol Notes

“Atticus said to Jem one day, ‘I’d rather you shot at tin cans in the back yard, but I know you’ll go after birds. Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit’em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird”
Using your knowledge of symbolism within the novel, why do you think Atticus tells Jem that it is a sin to kill a mockingbird?
Write your response on your post-it note and hand it to me as you exit.
Exit Slip
On your final product you will have:
The visual representation of your symbol
4 Brainstorms
2 concrete details
Thesis Statement
Must be colorful
No lined paper
Use color pens, pencils, computer, photos, magazines, etc
Be creative, even unusual!
Now you are going to take all of this information and create a One-Pager
First, you have to draw, cut-out a picture, print something that you believe is representative of the most important symbol that you have chosen.
This image is the central feature of your One-Pager
You will place all the rest of the information around this symbol creatively
Step Four-Putting it all together!
Create a thesis statement that could be used for an essay discussing symbolism within the novel
For example, if we were doing this for the novel Night I could create a thesis statement that said
In the novel Night by Elie Wiesel, fire is symbolic of the ever-present threat of death in the concentration camps.
In the novel ________ by _______, ________is symbolic of____________.
Write your thesis statement underneath the box below your target
Step Three- Thesis Statement
Don’t forget to cite your concrete details!
Write your concrete details in the box underneath the target
Choose two concrete details from the text that you believe represent the symbol you have chosen
Step Two-Concrete Details
On your target notes indicate what symbol you
believe to be the most important of the novel
Mark this in some way on your notes
Draw, cut-out a picture, or use a computer graphic to create an image that you believe is the most important symbol that we have discussed. This symbol should also capture the central meaning for what you’ve read.
The image must be the central feature of your One Pager.
Create a Central Image
How to connect your knowledge of symbolism with To Kill a Mockingbird
The One-Pager Response
Dill is the opposite of Aunt Alexandra

Dill is symbolic of childhood innocence

His appearance in the novel
allows Scout the
opportunity to escape back
to the childhood fun she
had with Dill
Aunt Alexandra is symbolic of the rules and customs of the civilized, adult world

She represents what a “proper lady” would be like in Maycomb.
Aunt Alexandra
The mad dog is a symbol of the way in which something friendly and known can become dangerous and alien to those around it. 
The community of Maycomb is portrayed as a friendly place, but the “rape” of Mayella Ewell by a black man turns many of the townspeople into unreasonable, dangerous, mad people.
-Boo becomes a figure of superstition, a convenient excuse for bad things happening. Perhaps the house takes on such an evil reputation because Boo is never seen; when the kids look for him, all they ever see is the outside of the house, which becomes almost a stand-in for Boo himself. And like Boo, the house is isolated from the community it sits in the middle of.

-Boo Radley symbolizes the unknown. 

Boo, an intelligent child ruined by a cruel father,
is one of the book’s most important mockingbirds.

He is also an important symbol of
the good that
exists within people.
The Radley Place
Symbolism in To Kill a Mockingbird
TS- Topic Sentence
The symbol _______ represents ________ in the novel To Kill a Mockingbird.
Pick one of the symbols and write a Jane Schaffer paragraph explaining the importance of the symbol in the novel so far.
These brainstorms should be words that describe the symbol or the importance of the symbol
Next to your chosen symbol brainstorm 4 words or phrases (3 words or less) that you believe represent or show your symbol
Step One-Brainstorming
It appeals to verbal, visual, and kinesthetic learners
It connects literature’s thoughts to your thoughts
Connects the verbal with the visual
What it Does
Inside the house lived a malevolent phantom. People said he existed, but Jem and I had never seen him. People said he went out at night when the moon was down, and peeped in windows. When people's azaleas froze in a cold snap, it was because he had breathed on them. Any stealthy small crimes committed in Maycomb were his work.
What makes the Radley Place so frightening? Part of it is, of course, its most famous occupant, Boo Radley.
The Mockingbird
For those who want to be more adventurous, consider creating a One-Pager that is three dimensional or something that is created by using a computer.
One pagers can take many forms. When being creative, do not limit yourself to the confines on a single sheet of paper.
Meet Tim Johnson. He was just snuffling along, investigating interesting smells, burying bones only to dig them up again, and looking out for lady dogs, when – bam – the symbolic structure of the book picks him up and decrees he has to die. Why? What did poor Tim the Dog ever do to get infected with rabies and be gunned down like, well, a dog?
The Mad Dog
The Mockingbird
The title of To Kill a Mockingbird has very little literal connection to the plot, but it carries a great deal of symbolic weight in the book.
“Shoot all the bluejays you want,
if you can hit ‘em, but remember
it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird”
In this story of innocents
destroyed by evil, the
“mockingbird” comes to
represent the idea of
The Radley Place
3.0 Literary Response and Analysis
3.7 Recognize and understand the significance of various literary devices, including figurative language, imagery, allegory, and symbolism, and explain their appeal.
Final Product
One pagers can
many forms.
When being
do not limit
yourself to the
on a single sheet
of paper.
For those who
want to be
more adventurous,
consider creating a
One-Pager that is
three dimensional
or something that is
created by using a
Standards and Objective
Reading Standards for Literature
1. Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Speaking and Listening Standards:
1. Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 9–10 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
Today I will support inferences drawn from the text about symbolism by citing strong and thorough textual evidence through the one-pager.

A symbol has meaning in itself, but stands for something else. However, a symbol is not what it symbolizes.
Put the definition in your own words
A symbol is___________________________________
Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Why do you feel the way you do?
Courage means doing something difficult even though it can be frightening.
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