Unit 3: Justice

This unit explores the concept of justice through the study of Harper Lee's novel,
To Kill a Mockingbird.

Home Up Unit 1: Quests Unit 2: Ambition Unit 3: Justice Unit 4: Poetry, Character, & Self-Discovery

 

2009 Resources & Activities

DATE ACTIVITIES HOMEWORK
March 24-25
  • Completion of A Separate Peace Assessments (viewing assignments) in class
  • Comments: The Wiki  & Classroom Posts (two by lot, two by choice) using this Comment Card = Reviewing Peer Projects
  • Completion of reading of novel, A Separate Peace, Chapter 13
  • To Kill a Mockingbird introduction
  • Time in class to read/listen
  • Read To Kill a Mockingbird
  • EC opportunity: Post the connection between the film and the play Midsummer Night's Dream (by Wm. Shakespeare) to Mrs. M by 4:00 today.  10 points possible.
March 26-30
  • Reach Chapters 1-4 for next class
  • Keep a list of characters from your reading (name and quick ID)
April 1-2
  • To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Bell Work:  Connecting with Character
  • Character identification activity (notes and graphic)
  • Time in class to read
  • Exit: Where are you?  What questions do you have?
  • Read Chapters 5-8 for next class
  • Sketch the town of Maycomb (rough sketch) for next class
April 3-6
  • To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Characterization Activity - Mapping
  • Quiz on Quia (Chapters 1-8)
  • Time to read Chapters 9, 10, & 11
  • Read Chapters 9-11 for next class
April 7-8
  • To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Part 1: Socratic Seminar: pages 74-77 Excerpt
  • Part 2: Imagery in To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Perspectives Brainstorming - thinking about Mind Maps, visualization, imagery, creative response to reading the novel
  • Exit: Three possibilities for my mind map
  • Procure tagboard when ready
  • Read Chapters 12-13-14-15
  • Read Chapters 12 through 15 for next class
  • GRADES TODAY =
    • Participation in Socratic Seminar
    • Reflection
    • Participation in Brainstorming
    • Exit
  • Quiz next time, chapters 9-15
  • Mind Maps may go home during vacation, but must come back to class for next session
April 9-14
  • To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Part 1: Quiz on Quia, Chapters 9-15
  • Part 2: Mind Map work
  • Part 3: Reading, Chapters 16-19
  • Read Chapters 16 through 19 for next class
  • GRADES TODAY=
    • Quiz, Chapters 9-15
    • Participation/reading
April 15-16
  • To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Part 1: Group work
  • Historical Influences on Text
  • Part 2: Quiz, Quia, Chapters 16-19
  • Part 3: Submit your Design Sheet (see last class period)
  • Part 4: Mind Map work
  • Assigned Reading, Chapters 20-23
  • GRADES TODAY=
    • Connecting history (group assignment) (20 points)
    • Quiz, Chapters 16-19 (24 points)
    • Design sheet (25 points)
    • Time on task - mapping or reading (10 points)
  • Read Chapters 20-23 for next class
April 17-20

 

  • Complete the reading of the novel
  • Continue working on your mind map
  • GRADES TODAY=
    • Socratic Seminar Participation & Reflection (30 points)
    • Time on task - mapping or reading (10 points)
April 21-22
  • Bell work: Contextual references: the "Current Events" narrative, pages 243-247 (small group discussion and notes)
  • Quiz on Quia, Chapters 20-31
  • Historical Influences (2)
    • Emmet Till
    • What Makes a Classic Classic? (group discussion notes)
  • Essay Assignment: Wiki
    • Draft due next class period, one of the following topics:
      • What is the author trying to show us about how we treat each other?
      • Which incidents show that Atticus is a good father?
      • Which quotes from this novel are ideas you can take to your heart?
      • What can this novel teach us about dealing with racism in our community?
      • Why does the portrayal of Scout as a tomboy make a difference in this story?
      • If Harper Lee had written a sequel to this novel, what might it be about?
  • GRADES TODAY=
    • Quiz, Chapters 20-31
    • Discussion points: Classics
    • Mind map work & essay drafting
  • Reminder: Draft of your essay (one of six topics on the wiki) ready for editing, beginning of next class period.
April 23-24
  • Bell work: Mind Map Progress report (think-pair-share)
  • Essay Assignment: Wiki
    • Draft due next class period, one of the following topics:
      • What is the author trying to show us about how we treat each other?
      • Which incidents show that Atticus is a good father?
      • Which quotes from this novel are ideas you can take to your heart?
      • What can this novel teach us about dealing with racism in our community?
      • Why does the portrayal of Scout as a tomboy make a difference in this story?
      • If Harper Lee had written a sequel to this novel, what might it be about?
  • Continue working on mind maps due next week!
  • GRADES TODAY=
    • Progress report (10)
    • Essay draft complete & shown to Mrs. M (25)
    • Mind map work (time on task)
  • Reminder: Novel Test next time!
April  27-28
  • Group editing session
  • Finalize essays and post on the wiki by the end of the next class session
  • Final Exam: To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Completed Mind Map due by end of next class period
  • GRADES TODAY=
    • Final Exam, TKaM
    • Checklist, essays
  • Complete the Mind Map of To Kill a Mockingbird, ready for display next time
  • Complete and post your essays by end of next class.
April 29-30
  • GRADES TODAY=
    • Essay
    • Mind Map
    • Self-assessment
Unit Resources 2008
Unit Plan

Billie Holiday's performance of "Strange Fruit"

Strange Fruit
(Links to Poems)
Bourgeois Blues (performance)
The Lyrics

Jazz Link

The Scottsboro Trials (PBS)
The Scottsboro Trials (CourtTV)
Miss Lee visits school: NPR audio link
American Cultural History:
1930-1939
The Novel (PowerPoint)
Notes after reading
Character Matching Review (Quia)
Challenge Activity (Quia)
Terms Matching (Quia)