Freshmen: Week 9 Preview

Our focus this week is to consider the thematic ideas introduced in the first section of To Kill a Mockingbird, specifically considering Atticus’s advice to Scout: “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view…until you climb into his skin and walk around in it” (Lee 39). Students will consider what it means to have “single stories” about people as they watch author Chimamanda Adichie’s TED Talk, The Danger of a Single Story . Students will then consider how single stories impact their lives and the lives of people in our country before beginning their study of the single stories emphasized in the book.

Parents, how can you help?

  • On Monday, I will return students’ first graded assessment of TKaMB Chapters 1-6. Though students will not be able to bring these tests home, ask your child about his or her performance. Does their grade reflect their understanding of the book? Does their grade reflect their academic writing skills? If your child is unsure about why she scored as she did, please encourage her to schedule a meeting with me to review her test one-on-one. We will review answers in class; however, some students are not comfortable asking about their specific tests in class.
  • Please continue to help me to monitor your child’s comprehension of To Kill a Mockingbird. If your child is finding the text difficult to comprehend, encourage him or her to seek out additional help. I have lots of resources and strategies to aid comprehension. If we can put interventions in place early, we can avoid stress and work incompletion later in the quarter.