Wednesday, December 9

Thank you for covering for me.

Period 2:
Get a white board marker and draw this chart on the white board.

Open this document. (You will have to shut off the SMART BOARD now so students do not see the questions/answers.
Unplug laptop and take it up to the front of the class to lead students through the Ecology jeopardy.
(Joey/Shawn or Riley can help if you are stuck with technology.)
Have ALL students close the lids on their computers.
Number the students 1-2 (Split the group into two teams.)
Have them pick team names if they like.
Complete jeopardy. 
After jeopardy students can then open the jeopardy document and read through to study for the in class assignment tomorrow.
STUDENTS: Read through all the notes over the last few days and add this information to your terminology page.

Period 3:
Read the following analysis/summary’s with students for the past chapters in To Kill a Mockingbird.
(I hope this is old news to most of you and that you have been keeping up with your reading.)

Chapter 20-22
(From Sparknotes.)
It is easy to criticize Mr. Dolphus Raymond as an unreal, saccharinely nonracist character. Indeed, in a temporal and geographical setting in which the white community as a whole has so little sympathy for blacks, Raymond is not only anomalous but also somewhat preposterous—it seems that even the righteous and morally upstanding Atticus might view Raymond as having breached accepted notions of social propriety. The importance of Raymond’s character, however, lies in the nature of his preference for blacks. Raymond never explains precisely why he prefers blacks—he just does; similarly, the white community never explains why it hates blacks—it just does. The difference between these two ingrained attitudes, however, is that whereas the white community imposes its preferences unapologetically on the whole of Maycomb, Raymond acts on his preferences solely because he wants to live that way, not because he wants to dictate how others should live.

Mr. Raymond’s presence outside the courtroom is fitting: like Miss Maudie, he does not belong inside with the rest of the white people, because he does not share their guilt. Mr. Raymond is a harsh realist, and while he shares Jem’s outrage, he is too old to cry. In a way, Mr. Raymond is another illustration of an innocent destroyed by hatred and prejudice: a moral and conscientious man, he is also an unhappy figure, a good man who has turned cynical and lost hope after witnessing too much evil in the world. “You haven’t seen enough of the world yet,” he tells Scout, commenting on how special and good her father is, and her innocent belief in human goodness. “You haven’t even seen this town, but all you gotta do is step back inside the courthouse.”

Whereas Mr. Raymond believes that Maycomb’s racist side is the real Maycomb, Atticus, less embittered, seems to hold out hope for the town—significantly, his eloquent closing argument is devoid of despair. Rather, he speaks to the jury with confidence and dignity, urging them to find confidence and dignity within themselves. Though To Kill a Mockingbird dramatizes the threat posed to goodness by evil, and though it frequently treats this theme by exploring the destruction of innocence, the novel’s ultimate moral outlook is not bleak; rather, it is characterized by Atticus’s wise understanding of both the goodness and the badness within people. Moral issues within the novel are often black and white, with a clear good side and a clear evil side, but the novel’s conclusion about humanity is not so simple. On the contrary, Atticus understands that people are capable of great goodness and great evil, which proves the key to his own admirable moral strength. Unlike the children’s outlook, Atticus’s understanding of the world is not innocent: he does not believe in goodness simply because he has never seen evil. He has indeed seen and experienced evil, but he is nevertheless capable of faith in the good qualities of humankind. This faith represents the adult perspective toward which Scout, who begins the novel as an innocent child, is forced to move as the story progresses. Although the jury strikes a blow for prejudice by convicting Tom, it is still possible for the town’s morally unblemished adult characters to hold out hope. Even after the verdict has been handed down, there is a sense that progress has been made: as Miss Maudie puts it, the town has taken “a step—it’s just a baby-step, but it’s a step.”

Jem, however, is not able to see things this way. Scout is bewildered by the verdict, but, like Atticus, she is resilient and retains her positive view of the world. Her brother is crushed: his dearly held illusions about justice and the law have been shattered. In a way, Jem, like Tom Robinson, is a mockingbird. While the Ewells and the forces of hatred and prejudice do not take his life, they do strip him of his childhood and youthful idealism.

When he reassures his family that Bob Ewell does not really intend to harm him, Atticus advises Jem to stand in Bob Ewell’s shoes, echoing the advice that he gives Scout earlier in the novel and evoking one of the most important moral themes in the book. Here, however, Atticus’s attempt to understand another human falls short: he makes an honest mistake in his analysis by failing to understand the depth of Ewell’s anger toward him. Aunt Alexandra is more insightful, maintaining that a man like Ewell will do anything to get revenge. Although her comments seem typical of her tendency to stereotype “those people” who are different from the Finches, her analysis of Ewell proves correct. For all her faults, Aunt Alexandra gains, by way of her stereotypes, a basically reliable understanding of the people of Maycomb.

Bob Ewell’s threats are worrisome to everyone except Atticus. Atticus tells Jem and Scout that because he made Ewell look like a fool, Ewell needed to get revenge. Now that Ewell has gotten that vengefulness out of his system, Atticus expects no more trouble. Aunt Alexandra and the children remain worried. Meanwhile, Tom Robinson has been sent to another prison seventy miles away while his appeal winds through the court system. Atticus feels that his client has a good chance of being pardoned. When Scout asks what will happen if Tom loses, Atticus replies that Tom will go to the electric chair, as rape is a capital offense in Alabama.

Chapter 23
Jem and Atticus discuss the justice of executing men for rape. The subject then turns to jury trials and to how all twelve men could have convicted Tom. Atticus tells Jem that in an Alabama court of law, a white man’s word always beats a black man’s, and that they were lucky to have the jury out so long. In fact, one man on the jury wanted to acquit—amazingly, it was one of the Cunninghams. Upon hearing this revelation, Scout announces that she wants to invite young Walter Cunningham to dinner, but Aunt Alexandra expressly forbids it, telling her that the Finches do not associate with trash.

Scout grows furious, and Jem hastily takes her out of the room. In his bedroom, Jem reveals his minimal growth of chest hair and tells Scout that he is going to try out for the football team in the fall. They discuss the class system—why their aunt despises the Cunninghams, why the Cunninghams look down on the Ewells, who hate black people, and other such matters. After being unable to figure out why people go out of their way to despise each other, Jem suggests Boo Radley does not come out of his house because he does not want to leave it.

Summary: Chapter 24
One day in August, Aunt Alexandra invites her missionary circle to tea. Scout, wearing a dress, helps Calpurnia bring in the tea, and Alexandra invites Scout to stay with the ladies. Scout listens to the missionary circle first discuss the plight of the poor Mrunas, a benighted African tribe being converted to Christianity, and then talk about how their own black servants have behaved badly ever since Tom Robinson’s trial. Miss Maudie shuts up their prattle with icy remarks. Suddenly, Atticus appears and calls Alexandra to the kitchen. There he tells her, Scout, Calpurnia, and Miss Maudie that Tom Robinson attempted to escape and was shot seventeen times. He takes Calpurnia with him to tell the Robinson family of Tom’s death. Alexandra asks Miss Maudie how the town can allow Atticus to wreck himself in pursuit of justice. Maudie replies that the town trusts him to do right. They return with Scout to the missionary circle, managing to act as if nothing is wrong.

Take the To Kill a Mockingbird book off my desk. Have all students get out their books.
There is a book for you on my desk.
Begin reading Chapter 25 OUT LOUD, together. The students each take turns reading.
Read until the bell rings.
Delaine I still giggle when I think of how great at the voices you were the other day.
Enjoy guys!
HOMEWORK: Be ready to go with Chapter 28 tomorrow guys.

Period 4:
Time for students to work on their comparison of the Robinson trial vs. Scottsboro trial.
These essays replace the essay on the To Kill a Mockingbird test that will be on Monday.
You will still have short answer, and matching questions on the exam and Monday at the end of the test you will have to put your word document on a USB and hand in. I will be printing them. You will have to save and I will print what you have completed. No excuses.  Remember students to following the following tips made previously and within this document.
Sub please circulate through the room to read what students are working on and answer questions. Please help to keep students

Period 5: Photography: Diversity and Creativity
STUDENTS: ten lockers were left open two days ago at the end of the day.
This cannot happen. Zach or Troy (until I return) can you please double triple check this does not happen again today.)
***Only unlock your own locker. (The key if you guys need it today is in the drawer directly above where your knees go in my desk.
I will be going through all blogs today. ALL! Please make sure you at least have your WORDPRESS showcase page created.
Remember you: Make a new page, then on the right hand side when you are editing it you can make PHOTOGRAPHY the ‘parent’ page. You will have today to work on your showcase!
Chad is super pysched to come and view your showcases as is Miss Mushtaler.
Remember each photo will be graded as well as your entire showcase.
Remember that your showcase MUST be on one organized WordPress page that is parented by your Photography page.
Title your showcase.
Once you have shown me your WordPress Showcase page you can begin working with the cameras and photoshop.

Social Studies Presentations will be FRIDAY now when I return. Sorry guys. THESE HAVE TO BE DONE FOR FRIDAY.
Have read up to and be read to go with Chapter 28 tomorrow in To Kill a Mockingbird.
(Be sure when reading on in to Kill a Mockingbird that you are comparing and contrasting for your upcoming essay.)


One comment on “Wednesday, December 9

  1. JHurley says:

    We read chapters 25 and 26 outloud. I reminded the students to read chapter 27. Some students did not use the time to work on the essays. If you want names they are on the sheet in your room. Everyone should have WordPress done. Happy blogging. I am subbing for you tomorrow as well. Renee Courtepatte

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