• Read the following:

    Chapter 9 of TKAM

    Begin: The beginning

    End: “Simply because we were licked a hundred years before we started is no reason for us not to try to win,” Atticus said.


    Summarize the passage.


    Question 1: 

    What incident sparks Scout’s questions regarding whom Atticus chooses to defend as a lawyer? What do her questions reveal about her understanding of the situation?


    Read "The Birthday Party"


    Question 2:

    What event does Virginia describe as “the great trauma of [her] early life”? How does this event highlight racial tensions, and what does her reaction indicate about her understanding of her family’s decision?


    Question 3:

    In these excerpts, both Scout and Virginia are provoked by other children’s racially charged words. How do Scout and Virginia’s reactions differ?


    Question 4:

    Both not only react in different ways but react in defense of different people. Who is Scout prepared to defend and who does Virginia defend?


    Question 5:

    Language and word choice play a role in both Scout and Virginia’s coming-of-age experiences and early understandings of the unequal racial customs in the South. How does Atticus respond to Scout’s use of the "n" word? How does Josephine, Virginia’s sister, respond to Aunt May’s order that the black children must start calling her “Miss Josephine” instead of “Sis”? How does each response signal recognition of racial tensions without fully addressing them?


    Question 6:

    How do the reactions of the adults in each text (Atticus and Aunt May) differ in response to the racial tensions that surface? What explanation can you give for their different reactions?


    Read the following:

    Chapter 13 of TKAM

    Note the ways that Jem is maturing. What do you see? Be specific with your examples.


    Read "On Turning 10" by Billy Collins and complete a MIST analysis on it.


    Question 7:

    What does it mean to be grown up? Cite evidence from the text.


    Question 8:

    What is the theme of the poem? Cite textual evidence to support your answer.


    Question 9:

    Identify the figurative language the author uses to describe growing up. Explain its effectiveness.


    Question 10:

    Compare Jem’s character as a maturing boy to that of the speaker in the poem. What does growing up mean to the two of them? How are the two impacted by their environments?


    Essay Question: *This is a test grade*

    Maturity and the decline of innocence is a major theme in literature. Look at the three texts we’ve read and analyze how each of the characters copes with growing older. Write an informative essay that analyzes society’s influence on their maturity and decline of innocence.