Getting into Setting

The original goal for today’s lesson was to get into discussing the similarities and differences in the settings of each book; either To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee or Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor.  That said, with many students out after the Orchestra’s LGPE performance and others on the Junior Wildcat Basketball team (good luck tonight young men!), I opted to push that back until Monday’s lesson.

The students completed the discussion questions listed below.  Thereafter, they were encouraged to read for the remainder of class.

To Kill a Mockingbird Discussion Questions:

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? Can you find qualities which would make her good or not so good at her job?

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry Discussion Questions:

1.Where does this story take place? In what year?

2.Describe the schools that the black and white children attend.  Who is the “white” school named for?

3.Name the members of the Logan family.  What grades are the children in?

4.Why does Little Man stomp on the school book he is given?  What does the teacher mean by “That’s what you are”?

Homework:

  • Read:
    • TKAM- through chapter 4
    • ROTHMC- through chapter 3

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