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To Kill a Mockingbird Essay - Spring 2020
1. Tolerance is a theme of the novel. Give three examples of how Atticus Finch shows tolerance in the novel.


2. Atticus tells Jem, “I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand.”
Discuss three situations in the novel that live up to Atticus’ definition of what courage is.


Atticus says, "You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view […] until you 
climb into his skin and walk around in it.” Choose three characters from the novel and discuss how Atticus’ words apply.
Is Harper Lee trying to suggest that empathy is important? (Remember President Obama's speech)


- Use specific examples from the text. Support your claims.
- Write in 3rd person. No “I” or “you,” etc.
- Pay attention to sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, capitalization, etc.
- Type written and printed as hard copy as well as submitted to TurnItIn via Schoology
- 5 Paragraphs - Intro (with thesis statement), Support 1, Support 2, Support 3, Conclusion
- Go to http://mistermccluskey.net/essay for writing assistance

Click Link for Further Help: ESSAY HELP

Daily Paragraphs / Journals

- Each Weekday
- Monday should be a recap of the weekend
- Write a minimum of five sentences for credit
- Handwritten
- Due at the begining of class, the day we return

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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

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 To Kill a Mockingbird Ch. 12
February 6 To Kill a Mockingbird February 21 To Kill a Mockingbird
February 7 Westside Family Health Center Cornell Notes: Healthy Relationships February 24 To Kill a Mockingbird Ch. 13
February 10 Nelson Mandela Mini-Unit February 25 To Kill a Mockingbird Ch.12 Play Reading
February 11 To Kill a Mockingbird Ch. 7 February 26 Interim Assessment - CAASPP
February 12 To Kill a Mockingbird Ch. 8 February 27 To Kill a Mockingbird Ch. 14 Group Reading
February 13 To Kill a Mockingbird Ch. 9 February 28 To Kill a Mockingbird Ch. 15
February 14 Westside Family Health Center Cornell Notes: Healthy  

Chapter 23
1. What do you think of Atticus's reaction to Bob Ewell's challenge? Should he have ignored Bob, retaliated or done something else?
2. What is “circumstantial evidence”? What has it got to do with Tom's conviction?
3. What does Atticus tell Scout about why the jury took so long to convict Tom?
4. 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?
5. 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?

Chapter 24
1. Do you think the missionary ladies are sincere in worrying about the “Mrunas” (a tribe in Africa)? Give reasons for your answer. 2. Compare the reactions of Miss Maudie and the other ladies when Scout says she is wearing her “britches” under her dress.
3. What is your opinion of the Maycomb ladies, as depicted in this chapter?
4. Explain briefly how Tom was killed. What is Atticus's explanation for Tom's attempted escape. Do you think agree with Atticus?How, in this chapter, do we see Aunt Alexandra in a new light? How does Miss Maudie support her?

Chapter 25
1. How does Maycomb react to the news of Tom's death?
2. Comment on the idea that Tom's death was “typical”?
3. 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 ("One down and about two more to go")? Was this a wise thing to ask her to do?

Chapter 26
1. 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? 2. Why is Scout puzzled by Miss Gates' disapproval of Hitler?
3. 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?"

March 2020

Date   Date Assignment / Activity
March 2 To Kill a Mockingbird Ch. 17 March 17 To Kill a Mockingbird Ch. 26
March 3 To Kill a Mockingbird Ch. 18 (power outage during 5th) March 18 To Kill a Mockingbird Ch. 27
March 4 SAT March 19 To Kill a Mockingbird Ch. 28
March 5 To Kill a Mockingbird March 20 To Kill a Mockingbird Ch. 29
March 6 To Kill a Mockingbird Ch. 20 and 21 March 23 To Kill a Mockingbird Ch. 30
March 9 To Kill a Mockingbird March 24 To Kill a Mockingbird Ch. 31
March 10 To Kill a Mockingbird Ch. 22 March 25 Think about the ending of the book.
March 11 To Kill a Mockingbird Ch. 23 March 26 Call/Zoom/Facetime a classmate to discuss the ending (2pts.)
March 12 To Kill a Mockingbird March 27 To Kill a Mockingbird Essay Discussion and Preparation
March 13 To Kill a Mockingbird Ch. 24 March 30 Minimum Day
March 16 To Kill a Mockingbird Ch.25 March 31 Minimum Day

Chapter 28
1. Comment on the way this chapter reminds the reader of earlier events in the novel.
2. Why does Jem say that Boo Radley must not be at home? What is ironic about this? (Is it true? Does he really mean it? Why might it be important for him and Scout that Boo should not be at home?)
3. Scout decides to keep her costume on while walking home. How does this affect her understanding of what happens on the way?
4. Why had Atticus not brought a chair for the man in the corner?

Chapter 29
1. What causes the “shiny clean line” on the otherwise “dull wire” of Scout's costume?
2. What explanation does Atticus give for Bob Ewell's attack?
3. What does Heck Tate give as the reason for the attack?
4. Do you think the sheriff's explanation or Atticus's is the more likely to be true?

Chapter 30
1. Who does Atticus think caused Bob Ewell's death?
2. Why does Heck Tate insist that Bob Ewell's death was self-inflicted? In what way is this partly true?
3. Is Heck Tate right to spare Boo the publicity of an inquest? Give reasons for your answer.
4. How does the writer handle the appearance, at the end of the story, of Boo Radley?

Chapter 31
1. How do the events of the final chapters explain the first sentence in the whole novel?
2. Comment on the way the writer summarizes earlier events to show their significance.
3. How does Scout make sense of an earlier remark of Atticus's as she stands on the Radley porch?
4. How much of a surprise is it to find what Boo Radley is really like? Has the story before this point prepared the reader for this discovery?
5. At the end of the novel, Atticus reads to Scout. Comment on his choice of story. Does it have any connection with themes earlier in the novel and in its ending?

April 2020

Date Assignment / Activity Date Assignment / Activity
April 1 Minimum Day April 21  
April 2 Minimum Day April 22  
April 3 No School: Ceasar Chavez Day observed April 23  
April 13   April 24  
April 14   April 27  
April 15   April 28  
April 16   April 29  
April 17   April 30  
April 20    
May 2020
Date Assignment / Activity Date Assignment / Activity
May 1   May 18  
May 4   May 19  
May 5   May 20  
May 6   May 21  
May 7   May 22  
May 11   May 26  
May 12   May 27  
May 13 15 Week Grades Due May 28  
May 14   May 29  
May 15    
June 2020
Date Assignment / Activity Date Assignment / Activity
June 1   June 8  
June 2   June 9  
June 3   June 10 Finals
June 4   June 11 Finals
June 5   June 12 Final Grades Due

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.