Mockingbird: Day 1

Today we started our new unit focusing on the two novels To Kill a Mockingbird and Go Set a Watchman, both written by Harper Lee. Most students will read Mockingbird, but those who have already read it will be reading Go Set a Watchman. Today was also our first day without Ms. Prather, who is continuing her Duke MAT Program in her second internship at Hillside High School. We already miss her! Here’s what we did today:

  1. Students took a survey to help Ms. Gugino match them with some free reading books they will enjoy for a very special Valentine’s Day event we are planning. If you were absent, please complete the survey here.
  2. Students learned that a motif is any repeated theme, idea, or image in a work of literature. We will be exploring various motifs as we read Harper Lee’s work.
  3. To explore these motifs, students wrote for three minutes to answer one question on each motif. The questions are here: Motif Freewriting Prompts. If you were absent, write your responses to one question per slide for a total of six responses (approximately 3-5 sentences per response).
  4. Finally, students completed a card to select the motifs they felt the most personal connections with. Here is the selection card: Motif Choice Cards. If you were absent, email Ms. Garvoille with your top three motifs or fill out a card when you come back.

HW: Complete vocab notes on words 1-5 if you haven’t already (most people have had this done for weeks).