Class Launcher: What is the worst thing about living in a small town? Why? How do your ideas or thoughts about your town apply to Maycomb?
Standards: ELAGSE9-10RL2; ELAGSE9-10RL3; ELAGSE9-10W1
EQ: How does the character development contribute to the theme of the book and move the plot forward?
Activator: How often do you find your thoughts, beliefs, and/or ideas in opposition to those around you? Why do you think your ideas are different from or the same as the mainstream of students around you?
Teaching and Learning Strategies: Read TKAM with a focus on theme and characterization.
Chapter 25 pages 242-245 and Chapter 26 pages 245-251
- How does Maycomb react to the news of Tom's death?
- Comment on the idea that Tom's death was “typical”?
- Explain the contrast Scout draws between the court where Tom was tried and “the secret courts of men's hearts”. In what way are hearts like courts?
- Why did Jem not want Scout to tell Atticus about Bob Ewell's comment? Was this a wise thing to ask her to do?
- In her lesson on Hitler, Miss Gates says that “we (American people) don't believe in persecuting anyone”. What seems odd to the reader about this claim?
- Why is Scout puzzled by Miss Gates' disapproval of Hitler?
- Why does Scout's question upset Jem? Is there a simple answer, or any answer, to the question (“How can you hate Hitler an’ then turn around an be ugly about folks right at home?”
Summarizer: What is your opinion on Scout's question to Jem about Hitler?