Chapter 3
1. Who is Calpurnia? What is her place in the Finch household?
2. What is Walter Cunningham like? What does his behavior during lunch suggest about his home life?
3. What do you think of the way Atticus treats Walter?
4. Does Scout learn anything from Walter's visit? What do you think this is?
5. Atticus says that you never really understand a person “until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.” What does this mean? Is it an easy thing for Scout to learn?
6. What do you learn in this chapter about the Ewells?

Chapter 4
1. What does Scout think of current fashions (fads, gimmicks, etc.) 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?


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January 2019
Date Assignment / Activity Date Assignment / Activity
January 7Course Introduction January 18 UTLA Strike
January 8 Book Room and Book Distribution January 22 UTLA Strike
January 9 To Kill a Mockingbird January 23 To Kill a Mockingbird
January 10 To Kill a Mockingbird January 24 To Kill a Mockingbird
January 11 To Kill a Mockingbird January 25 President Obama's Farewell Adress
January 14 UTLA Strike January 28  
January 15 UTLA Strike January 29  
January 16 UTLA Strike January 30  
January 17 UTLA Strike January 31  
February 2019
Date Assignment / Activity Date Assignment / Activity
February 1   February 14  
February 4   February 15  
February 5   February 19  
February 6   February 20  
February 7   February 21  
February 8   February 22  
February 9   February 25  
February 11   February 26  
February 12   February 27  
February 13   February 28  
March 2019
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March 4   March 15  
March 5   March 18  
March 6   March 19  
March 7   March 20  
March 8   March 21  
March 11   March 22  
March 12   March 23  
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March 13   March 25  
April 2019
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April 2   April 16  
April 3   April 17  
April 4   April 18  
April 5   April 22  
April 8   April 23  
April 9   April 24  
April 10   April 25  
April 11   April 26  
April 12   April 29  
April 15   April 30  
May 2019
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May 10   May 28  
May 13   May 29  
May 14   May 30  
May 15   May 31  
June 2019
Date Assignment / Activity Date Assignment / Activity
June 3   June 6 Finals
June 4   June 7 Finals
June 5   June 10...

August 2018
Date Assignment / Activity Date Assignment / Activity
August 20 Bookroom August 27 The Bill of Rights Group Project
August 21 A - G Presentation August 28 John and Abigail Adams
August 22 Totally Free? August 29 Thomas Jefferson
August 23 What is an American? August 30 Declaration of Independence
August 24 The Bill of Rights August 31 Declaration of Independence
September 2018
Date Assignment / Activity Date Assignment / Activity
September 4 Declaration of Independence Group Project September 18 Ben Franklin Address in Brussels
September 5   September 20 Ben Franklin Address in Brussels
September 6   September 21 Poor Richard's Aphorisms S,M,M
September 7 LAS Link Assessments September 24 Poor Richard's Almanac
September 11 September 11 Discussion and Daily Paragraph Introduction September 25 Poor Richard's Almanac
September 12 LAS Link Assessments September 26 Vocabulary
September 13 Ben Franklin Letter to a Younger Friend September 27  
September 14 Ben Franklin Letter to a Younger Friend September 28  
September 17 Ben Franklin Biography Annotations  
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October 2018
Date Assignment / Activity Date Assignment / Activity
October 1   October 17 Emancipation Proclimation and the 13th Amendment
October 2 Daily Paragraph, Vocabulary #1 October 18 The 13th Amendment
October 3   October 19 Lincoln (2012)
October 4 PSAT Preparation October 22 Lincoln (2012)
October 5   October 23 Emancipation Proclimation and the 13th Amendment
October 8   October 24 Study Guide Introduction and Construction
October 9 Vocabulary October 25 Founding Fathers Test
October 10 PSAT October 26 Vocabulary
October 11   October 29 Why I Wrote the Crucible by Arthur Miller
October 12   October 30 The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allen Poe
October 15 Emancipation Proclimation by Abraham Lincoln October 31 The Cask of Amontillado, The Raven
October 16 Vocabulary #3, Emancipation Proclimation  

Essay - a piece of writing that gives an opinion. This is NOT a report, research paper or article. It is what one might read in the editorial section of a newspaper.

Thesis - a sentence with a subject and an opinion provides the controlling idea for the whole essay. Thesis is often the last sentence of introductory paragraph.

Concrete Detail - textual evidence, either explicit or implicit. Facts that support your opinion as stated in your thesis. Synonyms include quotes, paraphrased ideas, summary, data, charts or examples.

November 2018
Date Assignment / Activity Date Assignment / Activity
November 1 Puritan Beliefs November 14 The Crucible
November 2 17th Century North America November 15 The Crucible
November 3 Begin The Crucible by Arthur Miller November 16 The Crucible
November 5 The Crucible November 26 The Crucible
November 6 CAASPP IAB November 27 The Crucible
November 7 CAASPP IAB November 28 The Crucible
November 8 The Crucible November 29 The Crucible
November 9 The Crucible November 30 The Crucible
November 13 The Crucible  

Final Essay Due Monday, December 10, 2018 at the begining of class!

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?

- 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
- 5 Paragraphs - Intro (with thesis statement), Support 1, Support 2, Support 3, Conclusion
- Go to for writing assistance

December 2018
Date Assignment / Activity Date Assignment / Activity
December 3 Thesis Statement Workshop December 10 Final Draft Essay Due!
December 4 Thesis and Quotes Due, Body Paragraph Workshop December 11 Studyguide Construction
December 5 Body Paragraph First Draft Due December 12 Finals
December 6 Rough Draft Due December 13 Finals
December 7 Revisions and Editin Wrokshop December 14 Finals

LAST DAY TO TURN IN LATE WORK FOR FIRST SEMESTER: December 7th, 2018 at the begining of class


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.


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?

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?