Monthly Archives: March 2014

Reading TKAM this week

Schedule of reading for TKAM this week is as follows:

Monday night: Chapter 12  “Cal’s Church”

Tuesday night: Chapter 13  “Aunt Alexandra Comes to Stay”

Wednesday night: Chapter 14  “Dill Runs Away to Home”

Thursday night: Chapter 15  “The Two Mobs”

Over the weekend: Chapter 15  “Meet Dolphus Raymond / Pre-Trial”

You are responsible for Chapter Questions, Quotations, and Answers / Discussion for each chapter, so grab a packet each day.  Also, be ready for a quick quiz each day as well!

Reading TKAM Ch. 10

Please read Ch. 10 in TKAM and complete the Socratic Seminar Packet for tomorrow.


Reading TKAM Ch. 9

Please read Ch. 9 in TKAM for tomorrow and complete the Socratic Seminar Packet as well.  Remember you are developing your own discussion questions for this chapter.

Also, review the material from Chapters 1-8 for your quiz on Thursday!

TKAM Quiz on Thursday – Chapters 1-8

To Kill a Mockingbird
Chapter 1- 8 Quiz
Study Guide 

Know Your Characters:
Atticus Finch                                   Calpurnia
Jean Louis Finch (Scout)                Bob Ewell
Jeremy (Jem) Finch                        Nathan Radley
Charles Baker Harris (Dill)             Walter Cunningham
Arthur Radley (Boo)                        Miss Maudie Atkinson

Be able to describe these characters and discuss significant actions of each.

Be prepared to discuss the following significant events presented in the novel:
The First Day of School
The “Boo Radley” game
The Snowman
The Fire
The Knothole of the Tree
The Gunshot in the Garden

Be prepared to discuss the significance of the following literary devices:

Symbols: guns, fences, gifts, fire, trees

Foreshadowing: shadows, ghosts (haints), being trapped

Themes: racial discrimination, gender roles, superstition, tolerance

Be prepared to write short answer responses and/or a constructed response on significant quotes from the text:

The philosophies of Atticus, Calpurnia, and Miss Maudie on understanding other people.

The life lessons Jem and Scout begin to learn.

The importance placed on social class and race in the south during the 1930s.

Review each of the Socratic Seminars you’ve completed as well!


TKAM Chapter Reading Chapter Eight

Please read Chapter Eight in TKAM for tomorrow and complete the Socratic Seminar Packet.  Remember, this is the first seminar for which you are developing the questions.  If you need a refresher on today’s discussion regarding how to do this, the notes are posted below.  

Good luck, and I look forward to hearing what you come up with during tomorrow’s discussion!



Inspector Clouseau asks, “Does your dog bite?” 
The hotel manager answers, “No.” 
As Clouseau reaches down to pet the beautiful animal, he is viciously attacked.  He turns to the man and with some agitation says, “I thought you said your dog doesn’t bite!” 
To which the hotel manager responds, “That’s not my dog.” 
And the moral of the story is . . .                                                                                                 

Good Socratic Seminar questions are:

  • Open-ended
  • Defensible
  • Relevant
  • Clearly Stated


Good discussion questions are open-ended and worthy of multiple responses.  There is not “an” answer, meaning one answer to it. These are not concrete or basic understanding level questions. This type of question gets your group members thinking and generates good, hearty discussion in your seminar.

Therefore, these questions will need some justification. You will need to be ready to defend your claim with evidence from the text. Remember that your question may generate counterclaims from your group, so your response to it must be well crafted.

Good discussion questions are relevant/useful to your audience. They reflect member interest and invite them to think. Consider developing questions about characterization, conflict, theme, the use of literary device, author’s purpose, or text structure.

Clearly Stated:
Good discussion questions are clearly stated.  You can’t be lazy about creating a discussion question.  If a question is not working, revise it.