Final Project for TKAM

Clear the air TKAM

Hi 8th graders,

Atticus gives great advice, doesn’t he? I want to make sure we have everything out in the open regarding your final project for this unit.

You started working on your final project for To Kill A Mockingbird this week in class. You can find a copy of the assignment here and the rubric here. The project is due on Monday, May 1st, 2017.

From now until May 1st (except two days for movie talks), we will have in-class work time for you to create your projects. Because you have so much work time in class, I do not expect you to work on this project over spring break. You should only work on it over the holiday if it brings you joy!

So, remember to use in-class work time wisely and enjoy this bit of wisdom from Harper Lee…
Mockingbirds bring joy

TKAM Topics for Themes

Hi 8th graders,

If you haven’t given me your theme sentence for TKAM, you need to complete one for homework. You can find the list of topics we created in class today below:

TKAM Topics

TKAM Topis close-up

Remember, you need to write one “The author believes that…” sentence for one or more of the topics listed above. It needs to be written on a loose-leaf sheet of paper (or an index card or a sticky note…something that I can collect in the morning).

Have a great afternoon!

To Kill A Mockingbird Court Case Profile

Hi 8th graders,

Your homework tonight is to complete the first two rows (Heck Tate and Bob Ewell) of the TKAM Court Case Profile graphic organizer. In case you’ve forgotten what it looks like since class this afternoon, here is a refresher:

TKAM Court Case Profile overview

Now it’s all coming back to you! We did the first two columns for Heck Tate in class today. You can check the pictures below for a reminder of what we wrote down:

Information we learned when Mr. Gilmer (Prosecution) was asking Heck Tate questions 

Prosecution info for Heck Tate

Information we learned when Atticus Finch (Defense) was asking Heck Tate questions

Defense info for Heck Tate

For the last column, the court’s reaction to the witness’s testimony (what the witness said on the stand), check pages 224-226.

This last picture will give you a clue who is reacting on each page:

Page references for court reaction to Heck Tate

Come to class with any questions you have about the court case, the story, and/or this assignment.

Looking for a film that has been nominated for a Best Picture Academy Award?

Hi 8th graders,2016-oscars-best-picture

Look no further! (Or, at least, start looking here!)

As you know, your third trimester book talk is actually a movie talk. There are two criteria your movie selection needs to meet:

  1. Must have been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture
  2. Must be new to you, i.e. you have not seen it before.

As soon as you have selected a movie, sign up for it on the sign-up sheet in my classroom (right next to my desk).  If someone has already written down the movie you want to watch, you need to pick a different movie.

To aid you in your movie selection process, it helps to know what has actually been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture. Check out this comprehensive list of Academy Award Best Picture nominees since the inception of the Awards. It has everything! Check the list and pick one in which you are interested.

Remember, the sooner you sign up, the more likely you are to get your first choice!

Looking for a historical fiction book?

Hi 7th graders,

Wow! It’s a busy day for posts.

Next trimester’s Book Talk genre is historical fiction. According to (and many other sources), historical fiction is written to portray a time period or convey information about a specific time period or an historical event. Usually the event or time period is about 30 years in the past. So, if you want to read a book set during the Civil Rights Movement (mid-1950s to late 1960s), it needs to have been written sometime after 1985.

History is long, so there are multitude of magnificent books in this genre. It might be difficult to pick just one!

Check out the links below for suggestions:

We are picking third trimester presentation dates this Friday, February 24, 2017.

Works Cited for COTW essay

Hey 7th graders,

I made a mistake! Your essay needs to include Works Cited, not a Bibliography.

A Bibliography is a list of all the materials (books, articles, lectures, movies, plays, songs, conversations…etc.) that you consulted (looked at) when writing your essay. Works Cited is a list of all the materials you cited in your essay. For this essay, it makes more sense to use Works Cited because we are practicing citations.

Your Works Cited will look like this:

Works Cited

London, Jack. The Call of the Wild. New York: Dover, 1990. Print.

L.O. and S.L.E. for the COTW Essay

Hi 7th graders,

The L.O. and S.L.E for the final draft of the essay is posted below, in case you didn’t get it / missed part of it in class:

L.O. I can determine the central idea of The Call of the Wild and show how it develops using text evidence.

S.L.E. Think critically and solve problems AND articulate ideas clearly, creatively, and effectively.