Class Launcher: Explain the quote...do you agree or disagree? Why?
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: Compare your answers with your group. Different? Why?
Teaching and Learning Strategies: Read TKAM with a focus on theme and characterization.
Chapter 22 pages 215-221 and Chapter 23 pages 221-231
- Although Atticus did not want his children in court, he defends Jem's right to know what has happened. Explain, in your own words, Atticus's reasons for this. (Look at the speech beginning, “This is their home, sister”.
- Miss Maudie tells Jem that “things are never as bad as they seem”. What reasons does she give for this view?
- Why does Dill say that he will be a clown when he grows up? Do you think he would keep this ambition for long?
- This story is set in the 1930s but was published in 1960. Have attitudes to racism remained the same (in the USA and the UK) or have there been any changes (for the better or worse) since then, in your view?
- Why does Bob Ewell feel so angry with Atticus? Do you think his threat is a real one, and how might he try to “get” Atticus?
- What do you think of Atticus's reaction to Bob Ewell's challenge? Should he have ignored Bob, retaliated or done something else?
- What is “circumstantial evidence”? What has it got to do with Tom's conviction?
- What does Atticus tell Scout about why the jury took so long to convict Tom?
- Why does Aunt Alexandra accept that the Cunninghams may be good but are not “our kind of folks”? Do you think that people should mix only with others of the same social class? Are class-divisions good or bad for societies?
- At the end of this chapter, Jem forms a new theory about why Boo Radley has never left his house in years. What is this? How likely is it to be true, in your opinion?
Summarizer: Think about Aunt Alexandra and her view on social classes. How does "social class" affect people today?