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Thursday 12/10

Class Launcher: How can you relate this image to TKAM? 

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: REview Chapter 15 questions. Feedback from students on the upcoming retest. 

Grade will be a 1 (Beginning) , 2 (Developing/on the right track but needs work) , 3 (Proficient/on-level) , or 4 (Distinguished/exceeds the expectation)

Your task is to write 2-3 well-developed paragraphs on a theme from To Kill a Mockingbird. You will need to choose a theme, explore possible topics to discuss about that theme, find quotes to illustrate your ideas, and actually write the paper. Imagine a friend has said to you, “I know all the stuff that happens in this novel, but what am I supposed to get out of it?” You need to go beyond what happens, peel back the surface, to help explain what else is here besides plot.

Possible Topics - choose one of the following or use your own ideas

  1. How is the title represented as the theme of the novel?

  2. Discuss fairness versus reality as expressed through the story.

  3. Discuss appearances (not how people "look")  versus reality.

  4. Who is Boo Radley? Discuss the symbolism of Boo as expressed through the children.

  5. Discuss the different ways courage is displayed throughout the book.

  6. Discuss the various forms of prejudice as depicted in the book.

Using Quotes
You must use at least three quotes/text evidence from the novel to provide a thorough explanation of your idea. In other words, if you say “Harper Lee uses the injustice of Tom Robinson’s conviction to teach Scout that what is fair and what tends to really happen are often two very different things,” what line(s) in the book make you say that?

Remember that quoting the book means you are including words from the book in your paper. It does not mean that the lines have to have been lines of dialogue in quotation marks (although they could be). (Direct and/or Indirect quotes/phrases)

Whether or not the lines were in quotation marks in the book, they will be when you use them in your paper (direct quotes). You will also need to include the page number in parentheses at the end of your text evidence (27). 



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