Tuesday, October 28

4448be18164f4b8c8c415c048d73ed3fToday, we took a reading quiz on chapters 24-28.  The quiz was on Socrative.  Please see me if you need to make it up.

After the quiz, we read chapters 29-30.  Homework is to finish reading the book and begin studying for the TKAM Part 2 test that we will have on Friday.

Tomorrow, we will begin reviewing for the test.

TKAM Part 2 Test Review

The TKAM Part 2 Unit test is Friday, October 31.  Please begin reviewing and studying now!  Here are some things you need to know:

Characters: Arthur Radley, Braxton Underwood, Tim Johnson, John Taylor, Dolphus Raymond, Bob Ewell, Tom Robinson, Mayella Ewell, Aunt Alexandra, Mr. Gilmer

Academic Vocabulary: Inference, theme, characterization, symbolism, point of view,

Appeals: Ethos, Logos, and Pathos

Be sure to review your study questions and summaries.  There will be specific questions addressing the following topics:

Cal taking the kids to church, what Aunt Alexandra values in a person, what Heck Tate’s mob was concerned about, Braxton Underwood’s involvement in the mob scene, Walter Cunningham’s mob, what the children learn from Dolphus Raymond, Tom Robinson’s biggest mistake, Atticus’s closing statements, why Jem cried after the trail, Scout’s desire to invite Walter Cunningham to her house, Scout’s understanding of Atticus’s quote about walking around in someone else’s skin, what two characters are mockingbirds, The Gray Ghost, and the appeals.

The test will end with a cold  reading passage from ACT Quality Core.

Happy studying 😉

October 27-31


This week, we will finish reading TKAM and will have our first 60% test of the second nine weeks.  Here is a tentative schedule:

Monday: Review weekend reading, read chapter 28 aloud in class

Tuesday: Reading Quiz: chapters 24-28 on Socrative; read chapters 29-30.  HW: FINISH BOOK!

Wednesday: Review for TKAM Part 2 Test

Thursday: TKAM BINGO review for test

Friday: TKAM Part 2 Unit Test

Friday, October 24

Friday, we presented our TKAM storyboard projects.  I thoroughly enjoyed seeing everyone’s projects 🙂

After that, we finished up our rhetorical appeals graphic organizers.

Weekend Reading: TKAM chapters 25-27.  Be sure to write chapter summaries and answer your study questions.

Here is a glimpse of our TKAM storyboard presentations and PJ DAY!TKAM1 photo 2 photo 3 (2) photo 5 (1)photo 1 (1)unnamedphoto 2 (1) photo 4 (1)

Thursday, October 23

photo 1 photo 3 (1) photo 4 photo 5Today, we worked as a whole group and then in pairs to find examples of the rhetorical appeals in Atticus’s closing statements to the jury and in “I Have a Dream.”  The students are doing much better with the appeals than I thought they might which is SO exciting!

Tomorrow, we will have to finish up the lesson.  Most everyone finished the graphic organizer for Atticus’s statements, but very few finished “I Have a Dream.”  We will also listen to Dr. King give the speech tomorrow.

Storyboard projects are due TOMORROW!! I have asked that the students try their best to be creative with the illustrations.  So many of them want to use pictures from the movie, but these are mostly black and white, and that is not very creative.  I am totally fine with printed pictures, but I still want the pictures to be creative.  Also, remember that all the summaries should be typed.  I can’t wait to see all the awesome projects tomorrow!

Wednesday, October 22


Today, we had a lesson on rhetorical appeals: ethos, pathos, and logos.  The class took notes from a PowerPoint on each appeal.  These should be kept in the English section of their binders.  They WILL see questions about appeals on the second nine weeks benchmark.

Tomorrow, we will be using our notes to work with partners to find examples of the appeals in Atticus’s closing remarks and the “I Have a Dream” speech.


Tuesday, October 21





Today, we completed bell ringer #25 on subject-verb agreement with compound subjects.

After that, we took a TKAM reading quiz on chapters 16-21 using the Socrative app.  Students then read silently or worked on their story board projects for the remainder of the class.

Homework: Finish reading chapters 22-23; work on storyboard project

Looking ahead:

Tomorrow: Rhetoric Lesson using the appeals (ethos, logos, and pathos).  We will use Atticus’s closing statements and Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech to find examples of each of these appeals.  We will work in pairs for this assignment.

Thursday: Complete the Rhetoric Lesson if needed, read chapter 24 of TKAM

Friday: Be sure to wear your PAJAMAS so we can SILENCE CENTRAL!  STORYBOARD ASSIGNMENTS DUE!  Please remember that this is your first 60% assignment of the 2nd 9 weeks. We will briefly present these.  After that, we will read chapter 25 of TKAM.

WEEKEND READING: finish chapters 25-27; be sure to be caught up on your chapter summaries as well as your study questions!

TKAM PART 2 UNIT TEST will be Friday, October 31!

Monday, October 20

Do_Your_DutyFirst, I apologize for the late post.  I had a very busy weekend, and a very long Monday.

Here is what we did in class today:

1) Bell ringer #24.  This was ACT English and benchmark prep.  We covered subject-verb agreement with indefinite pronouns.  We defined indefinite pronoun, and we listed all of the indefinite pronouns on the same page as bell ringer 24.

2) We reviewed chapter 17-20 of TKAM using a PowerPoint for notes.

3) We listened to Atticus’s closing statements from chapter 20.

HOMEWORK: read chapter 21 of TKAM, be prepared for a QUIZ on chapters 16-21 Tuesday.  Be sure to be working on your storyboard project. 

FRIDAY, October 17


Today, we completed bellringer 23 on parallel structure.

After that, we took a POP QUIZ on chapter 17, and then discussed chapter 17.  In this chapter, we heard Heck Tate’s and Bob Ewell’s testimonies.

Finally, we read chapter 18 of TKAM aloud.  In chapter 18, we hear Mayella’s version of what took place.  We also learn something very important about Tom Robinson’s physical condition.

HOMEWORK: Read chapters 19-20; work on storyboard assignment. 

Have a wonderful weekend, and GO HUSKIES!

Thursday, October 16

The Ewell Family

The Ewell Family

Today, we completed bell ringer 22.  This was a journal entry titled Blind Spots: Attics tells Scout that Mr. Cunningham is a good man, “he just has his blind spots along with the rest of us.”. What does Attics mean?  What are your blind spots?  Write 3-5 complete sentences for this journal entry.

After that, we discussed the storyboard assignment, and I gave the students the handout explaining how to complete the assignment.  Again, this is a 60% assignment due Friday, October 24.

Next, we reviewed chapters 14-16 of TKAM and finished class by reading chapter 17 aloud.  We are finally hearing testimony in the Tom Robinson trail.  This is very important, so be sure to read closely.  Continue answering your study questions.  The summaries for chapters 16-21 will be typed and turned in on the storyboard project.

Homework: finish reading chapter 17.  We will read chapter 18 in class tomorrow.  I feel that it is important to read the courtroom proceedings together in class.