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.

L.O. and S.L.E. for Book Banning Paragraphs

Hi 8th graders,

Please find the learning objective and school wide learning expectations (there are two) for this assignment below:

L.O. I can evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text.

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

If you missed some of the notes we took on structure and content, use the picture below:

Structure and Content

Enjoy “Hidden Figures” and please come and talk to me if you have any questions about this assignment.

Free audiobook for “The Call of the Wild” by Jack London

Hi 7th graders,

If it helps you to listen to a story while you read it, please use the recording of “The Call of the Wild” displayed below.

This recording was created by Librivox which is an organization that creates free audiobooks for stories and texts that are in the public domain. The stories are read by volunteers from around the world and their whole goal is to make literature available to everyone.

Pretty cool, huh?

Schedule for “The Call of the Wild” Reading and Questions

Hi 7th graders,

We are into our next Jack London story! Today you each received a copy of “The Call of the Wild” by Jack London,
your reading schedule, and the Study Guide questions for each chapter.

If you ever lose the reading schedule, you can always find the dates here:



COTW Reading Schedule

  • 1/19 – Chapter 1
  • 1/23 – Chapter 2
  • 1/27 – Chapter 3
  • 1/30 – Chapter 4
  • 2/1 – CHAPTERS 1-4 TEST
  • 2/6 – Chapter 5
  • 2/8 – Chapter 6
  • 2/13 – Chapter 7
  • 2/22 – FINAL ESSAY DUE

Remember, reading and questions must be completed by the date listed above. For example, by the morning of January 30th (1/30), you will have finished reading Chapter 4 and answered the study guide questions for Chapter 4 in your notebook. If you have any questions, please come and talk to me!

When answering the study guide questions, please remember the following directions:

  1. Answer all questions in your notebook.
    • Include a title (example: COTW Chapter 1 Questions)
    • Include the date
  2. Answer all questions in complete sentences.
    • Start sentences with a capital letter.
    • End sentences with appropriate ending punctuation.
  3. Number your answers and make sure to include the original questions.
    • Glue the questions into your notebook OR
    • Rewrite the questions in your notebook OR
    • Refer back to the question stem in your answer as we discussed in class.

If you have any questions, please come and talk to me!