Class Launcher: Write a text exchange between you and Lincoln about the Gettysburg Address or the Emancipation Proclamation.
Standards: ELAGSE9-10RL2: Determine a theme and/or central idea of text and analyze in detail its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text. ELAGSE9-10RL3: Analyze how complex characters (e.g., those with multiple or conflicting motivations) develop over the course of a text, interact with other characters, and advance the plot or develop the theme. ELAGSE9-10W1: Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.
EQ: How does the character development contribute to the theme of the book and move the plot forward?
Activator: Peer exchange/discussion for Chapter 10.
Teaching and Learning Strategies: Read Chapter 11 (the end of Part 1) (Pages 102-116).
Answer the following questions in lieu of a chapter summary. (Required).
- How does Atticus advise Jem to react to Mrs. Dubose's taunts?
- What does Mrs. Dubose say about the children's mother? How does Jem feel about this?
- What request does Mrs. Dubose make of Jem? Is this a fair punishment for his “crime”?
- Explain in your own words what Atticus thinks of insults like “nigger-lover”. How far do you agree with him?
- Why, in Atticus's view, was Mrs. Dubose “a great lady”?
- Atticus says that Mrs. Dubose is a model of real courage rather than “a man with a gun in his hand”. What does he mean? Do you think he is right?
- Chapters ten and eleven are the last two chapters in the first part of the book. Explain why Harper Lee chooses to end the first part here.
Summarizer: What is your favorite chapter so far and why?