Chapter 9
1. How well does Atticus feel he should defend Tom Robinson? Is it usual for (white) lawyers to do their best for black clients in Alabama at this time?
2. Scout and Jem have “mixed feelings” about Christmas? What are these feelings and why?
3. Uncle Jack Finch tells Scout that she is growing out of her pants. What does this mean and why might he say it?
4. When Francis talks to Scout he reveals an unpleasant feature of Aunt Alexandra. What is this?
5. Does Scout learn anything from overhearing Atticus's conversation with Uncle Jack? What might this be?
6. Read the final sentence of this chapter. Explain in your own words what it means and why it might be important in the story.

Chapter 10
1. Scout says that “Atticus was feeble.” Do you think that this is her view as she tells the story or her view when she was younger? Does she still think this after the events recorded in this chapter?
2. In this chapter Atticus tells his children that “it's a sin to kill a mockingbird”. What reason does he give for saying this?
3. Why does Heck Tate not want to shoot Tim Johnson?
4. Jem and Scout have different views about telling people at school how well Atticus can shoot. Explain this difference. Which view is closer to your own?

Chapter 11
1. How does Atticus advise Jem to react to Mrs. Dubose's taunts?
2. What does Mrs. Dubose say about the children's mother? How does Jem feel about this?
3. What request does Mrs. Dubose make of Jem? Is this a fair punishment for his “crime”?
4. Explain in your own words what Atticus thinks of insults like “nigger-lover”. How far do you agree with him?
5. Why, in Atticus's view, was Mrs. Dubose “a great lady”?
6. Atticus says that Mrs. Dubose is a model of real courage rather than “a man with a gun in his hand.” What does he mean? Do you think he is right?
7. Chapters ten and eleven are the last two chapters in the first part of the book. Explain why Harper Lee chooses to end the first part here.

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January 2020

Date Assignment / Activity Date Assignment / Activity
January 13Mr. Dayton Introduction, Course Introduction January 23 Ben Franklin Close Reading
January14 Course Contract Review and Affidavit January 24 Lunar New Year Lesson and Writing Assignment
January 15 Bill of Rights January 27 The Emancipation Proclimation and The Gettysburg Address by Abraham Lincoln
January 16 Bill of Rights January 28 To Kill a Mockingbird Introduction
January 17 Emancipation Proclimation January 29 To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
January 21 MLK mini-unit January 30 To Kill a Mockingbird Ch. 2
January 22 Ben Franklin Close Reading January 31 Westside Family Health Center Cornell Notes

Chapter 1
1. What do you learn in this chapter about Maycomb, Atticus Finch and his family?
2. What do you learn about Dill's character?
3. What, briefly, has happened to Arthur “Boo” Radley?
4. Why does the Radley place fascinate Scout, Jem and Dill?
5. What do you notice about the narrative voice and viewpoint in the novel?
6. Identify:
Atticus Finch
Jean Louise (Scout) Finch
Jem Finch
Charles Baker (Dill) Harris
The Radley Place
Stephanie Crawford
Arthur (Boo) Radley

Chapter 2
1. Why is Scout so looking forward to starting school?
2. Why does Jem not want anything to do with Scout at school? Is his behavior typical of an older child?
3. What do you think of Miss Caroline Fisher as a teacher?
4. Whart are the three ways that Scout upsets Miss Caroline?
5. What do we learn about the Cunningham family?

Miss Caroline Fisher
Walter Cunningham


Chapter 4
1. What does Scout think of current fashions in education?
2. What superstitions do the children have in connection with the Radley house?
3. Why do the children make Boo's story into a game? What do they do in this game? Do you think the game is an accurate version of what happens in the Radleys' home?
4. What might be the cause of the laughter from inside the house?

Chapter 5
1. Describe Miss Maudie Atkinson? How typical is she of Maycomb's women? What do the children think of her?
2. What does Miss Maudie tell Scout about Boo? How does this compare with what Scout already believes?
3. Scout claims that “Dill could tell the biggest ones ” (lies) she ever heard. Why might Dill have told such lies?
4. What reasons does Atticus give for the children not to play the Boo Radley game? Do you think he is right? Why?

Chapter 6
1. Why does Scout disapprove of Jem's and Dill's plan of looking in at one of the Radleys' windows?
2. What does Mr. Nathan Radley know about the intruders in his garden? Why does Miss Stephanie refer to a “negro” over whose head Mr. Nathan has fired?
3. Why does Dill's explanation of Jem's state of dress almost land him in trouble?

Chapter 7
1. When Jem tells Scout about getting his trousers back, he tells her of something strange. What is this?
2. Can you find any evidence that Jem is beginning to understand more than Scout about Boo Radley? What do you think this is?
3. Does Jem still fear the gifts in the tree? Give reasons for your answer.
4. When the children plan to send a letter to the person who leaves the gifts, they are prevented. How does this happen? Who does it, and why might he do so?



February 2020

Date Assignment / Activity Date Assignment / Activity
February 3 To Kill a Mockingbird Ch. 3 February 18 To Kill a Mockingbird Ch. 10
February 4 To Kill a Mockingbird Ch. 4 February 19 To Kill a Mockingbird Ch. 11
February 5 To Kill a Mockingbird Ch. 5-6 February 20 Daily Paragraph, Ch. 9-11 Questions
February 6 To Kill a Mockingbird February 21 Introduction to Individualism, The Devil and Tom Walker by Washington Irving
February 7 Westside Family Health Center Cornell Notes: Healthy Relationships February 24 Introduction to Transcendentalism
February 10 Nelson Mandela Mini-Unit February 25 To Kill a Mockingbird Essay Due! Self-Reliance by Ralph Waldo Emerson
February 11 To Kill a Mockingbird Ch. 7 February 26 Introduction to Individualism
February 12 To Kill a Mockingbird Ch. 8 February 27 Introduction to Transcendentalism
February 13 To Kill a Mockingbird Ch. 9 February 28 Self-Reliance
February 14 Westside Family Health Center Cornell Notes: Healthy   Self-Reliance Vocabulary

March 2020

Date   Date Assignment / Activity
March 2 Self-Reliance March 17 Cultural Study
March 3 On Civil Disobedience March 18 Mahatma Ghandi and Nelson Mandela
March 4 On Civil Disobedience Vocabulary March 19 Hope and Glory by Nelson Mandela
March 5 On Civil Disobedience March 20 Nelson Mandela: A Long Walk to Freedom
March 6 Say, Mean Matter on On Civil Disobedience March 23 Nelson Mandela: A Long Walk to Freedom
March 9 CAASP Interim Testing March 24 Nelson Mandela: A Long Walk to Freedom
March 10 Say, Mean Matter on On Civil Disobedience discussion, Walden introduction March 25 Thesis Statement Workshop
March 11 Walden March 26 Body Paragraph Workshop
March 12 Say, Mean Matter on Walden March 27 Peer Editing Workshop
March 13 Say, Mean Matter on Walden completion and discussion March 30 Close Reading: Obama's Trayvon Martin Verdict Reaction
March 16 Say, Mean Matter on Self-Reliance (first essay read) March 31  
April 2020
Date Assignment / Activity Date Assignment / Activity
April 1 Essay Stage Reflection April 21  
April 2 First Submission Due! April 22 The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by F. Scott Fitzgerald
April 3 Transcendentalism Wrap-Up April 23 The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
April 13 Peer Editing Workshop April 24 The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
April 14 Social Revisions of First Submission April 27 The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by David Fincher (2008)
April 15 Final Project Due! Begin Winter Dreams by F. Scott Fitzgerald April 28 The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
April 16 12th Grade Course Presentation - Mr. Rivas April 29 Introduction to The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
April 17 Winter Dreams April 30  
April 20    
May 2020
Date Assignment / Activity Date Assignment / Activity
May 1 The Great Gatsby Ch. 2 May 18 To Kill a Mockingbird Ch. 1-2
May 4 The Great Gatsby Vocabulary May 19 To Kill a Mockingbird Ch. 3-4
May 5 The Great Gatsby Ch. 3 May 20 Course Contract Review, To Kill a Mockingbird Ch. 5
May 6 The Great Gatsby Ch. 4 May 21 To Kill a Mockingbird Ch. 6-7
May 7 The Great Gatsby Ch. 5 May 22  
May 11 The Great Gatsby Ch. 6 May 26  
May 12 The Great Gatsby Ch. 7 May 27  
May 13 The Great Gatsby Vocabulary Test May 28  
May 14 The Great Gatsby Ch. 9 May 29  
May 15    
June 2020
Date Assignment / Activity Date Assignment / Activity
June 1 Final Exam Study Guide Workshop June 8  
June 2 Final Exam Study Guide Workshop June 9  
June 3   June 10 Finals
June 4   June 11 Finals
June 5   June 12 Finals

August 2019
Date Assignment / Activity Date Assignment / Activity
August 19 Pupil Free Day August 26 Totally Free? Summary
August 20 First day for students August 27 Schoology Password and Login
August 21 Bookroom August 28 11th Grade Assembly
August 22 Book Introduction and first labeling August 29 Literature Discussion. What is an American?
August 23 Schoology, Seating Chart, Totally Free?  
September 2019
Date Assignment / Activity Date Assignment / Activity
September 3 Creation Myth Introduction, The World on a Turtle's Back September 17 Aesops Fables
September 5 The Functions of Creation Myth, The World on a Turtle's Back September 18 Zulu , Chinese , Hindu , Norse Creation Myths
September 6 The World on a Turtle's Back, The World on a Turtle's Back Cartoon September 19 Cultrural Similarities, Study GuideCreation, Cornell Notes Introduction
September 9 The Coyote Stories: Coyote and Buffalo September 20 Study Guide (Cheat Sheet) Workshop
September 10 The Coyote Stories: Fox, Coyote and Whale September 23 Unit 1 Test, Unit 2 Inntroduction
September 11 September 11 Discussion and Daily Paragraph Introduction September 24 Introduction to The Colonies,
September 12 Cornell Notes Introduction September 25 America Before Columbus, Daily Paragraph #3
September 13 The Way to Rainy Mountain by Scott Momaday September 26 La Relacion by Cabeza de Vaca, The Travels of Marco Polo
September 16 The Way to Rainy Mountain September 27 Olaudah Equiano

Unit 2

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October 2019

Date Assignment / Activity Date Assignment / Activity
October 1 Terms of Peace between Native Americans and Pilgrims, The Mayflower Song October 17 The Crucible
October 2 On Plymouth Plantation, Forms of 'Text,' and Maya Angelou Introduction October 18 The Crucible
October 3 My Sojourn in the Lands of My Ancestors by Maya Angelou October 19 The Crucible
October 4 From Colony to Country, Intro to Puritan Beliefs, 17th Century North America October 21 The Crucible
October 7 Introductions to the Puritans October 23 The Crucible
October 8 The Puritan way of life October 24 The Examination of Sarah Good, 1692
October 9 Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God by Jonathan Edwards October 25 The Crucible
October 10 Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God October 28 The Crucible
October 11 Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God October 29 The Crucible
October 14 PSAT Prep, Parent/Teacher Conferences October 30 The Crucible
October 15 Introduction to Arthur Miller, The Crucible Reasons, Marriage Bio, October 31 Edgar Allen Poe Mini Lesson, The Raven
October 16 PSAT  

Unit 3

15 Week Grades: Late work will not be accepted after the begining of class on Wednesday, November 6

November 2019
Date Assignment / Activity Date Assignment / Activity
November 1 The Crucible November 14 The Crucible Act 4
November 4 The Crucible November 15 The Crucible Act 4
November 5 The Crucible Act 2 November 18 Thesis Statement Workshop
November 6 The Crucible November 19 Body Paragraph Workshop
November 7 The Crucible November 20 Body Paragraph First Draft Due
November 8 The Crucible Act 3 November 21 First Draft Due! (handwritten), Peer Editing Workshop
November 12 The Crucible Act 3 November 22 Final Draft Due at start of class! Hypothetical Corrections
November 13 The Crucible Act 3  

The Crucible Essay

1. Reverend Hale is a dynamic character, in that he evolves during the play. To what does he evolve, and why? What pressures directly influence his “research” of the citizens of Salem, and what does he learn from them that facilitates his change?
2. Judge Danforth pursues accusations of witchcraft relentlessly. Analyze his motivation and factors that lead him to make such erroneous judgements.
3. Who is ultimately more central to this story: John Proctor or Abigail Williams? What did John mean by his anguished cries of “Because it is my name! Because I cannot have another in my life! Because I lie and sign myself to lies! Because I am not worth the dust on the feet of them that hang! How may I live without my name? I have given you my soul; leave me my name!” Is John a “real” Puritan? Is Abigail?

20 Week Grades: Late work will not be accepted after the begining of class on Friday, December 13, 2019

December 2019

Date Assignment / Activity Date Assignment / Activity
December 2 The Crucible (1996) December 12 Studyguide Construction
December 3 The Crucible (1996) December 13 Study Prep Quiz Show Jeopardy
December 4 Concepts of America and What an American is Culturally, Legally & Intellectually December 16 Westside Family Health Center Presentation
December 5 What is an American? by Michel-Guillaume Jean de Crèvecoeur  December 17 Daily Paragraphs Due! Final Test Preparation
December 6 The Declaration of Independence PDF , DoI Read by movie stars December 18 Finals (Per. 1 & 6)
December 9 The Declaration of Independence Grievances Project December 19 Finals (Per. 2 & 3)
December 10 John and Abigail Adams December 20 Finals (Per. 4 &5)
December 11 Benjamin Franklin  

Connect to the Literature
1. What do you think?
What was your reaction to John Proctor's final Choice?

Think critically 
2. At the end of the play, Elizabeth Proctor says that her husband has “his own goodness now”. what do you think she means ?

3. Explain, in your own words, why Reverend Hale urges the prisoners to confess to a lie. What does this suggest to you about the way he has changed?

4. Who do you think is the most courages character in the play, and why ?

5. The word crucible means “a severe test or trial”. Why do you think Miller chose to give his play this title?

Extend Interpretations 
6. Critics corner According to critic Penelope Curtis, “The most interesting feature of The Crucible is that it is so impressively a play about evil forces, despite the fact that it seems to be a play discrediting belief in such forces”. How would you describe the evil forces the Miller presents in this play?

7. Different Perspectives the crucible was first produced in 1953, during Senator Joseph McCarthy's congressional investigations to root out suspected Communists in the State Department, the entertainment industry, and the U.S. Army. In his pursuit of communist, McCarthy sometimes accused individuals on the basis of flimsy evidence and innuendo. In what ways do you think The Crucible is a criticism of McCarthy and his ways ? Support your opinion with details from the play. 

8. Think of a 20th-century person who suffered or died for his or her beliefs and compare this person to John Proctor.

Comprehension check 
* What becomes of Abigail Williams and Mercy Lewis ? 

* How is Giles Corey killed ?

* What does John Proctor do when asked to sign ca confession ?


Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?

Some generational changes are positive, some are negative, and many are both. More comfortable in their bedrooms than in a car or at a party, today’s teens are physically safer than teens have ever been. They’re markedly less likely to get into a car accident and, having less of a taste for alcohol than their predecessors, are less susceptible to drinking’s attendant ills.

Psychologically, however, they are more vulnerable than Millennials were: Rates of teen depression and suicide have skyrocketed since 2011. It’s not an exaggeration to describe iGen as being on the brink of the worst mental-health crisis in decades. Much of this deterioration can be traced to their phones.

All screen activities are linked to less happiness, and all nonscreen activities are linked to more happiness.

The more time teens spend looking at screens, the more likely they are to report symptoms of depression.

Teens who spend more time on social media also spend more time with their friends in person, on average—highly social teens are more social in both venues, and less social teens are less so. But at the generational level, when teens spend more time on smartphones and less time on in-person social interactions, loneliness is more common. So is depression.

Teens who spend three hours a day or more on electronic devices are 35 percent more likely to have a risk factor for suicide, such as making a suicide plan.

Even Steve Jobs limited his kids’ use of the devices he brought into the world.