To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
The State of Michigan has identified this novel as an "Anchor Text" for 9th grade
ELA 9 Michigan Merit Curriculum Course, pg 27).

Week 6: The Conclusion of the Trial        Remember that you are supposed to be taking notes for your paper!

28 What Happened
29 Introductions
30-31 Conclusion

Fri: (Days 3 & 4)
News Genres: Article, Editorial, Letter
Know these newspaper genres
Jocks and Prejudice," Nicholas D. Kristof, N.Y. Times, 6-11-06
At Duke, A Scandal in Search of Meaning". Anne Applebaum, The Washington Post, 4-26-06 Editorial A. 
Tough Questions in Durham". Eugene Robinson, Washington Post, 4-25-08. 
Keeping the Duke Scandal in Context".  Letters to the editor 5-2-06
"Duke Men's Lacrosse Team is Reinstated and Warned". Viv Bernstein and Juliet Macur, New York Times, 6-6-06

Focus for 2nd Quarter
From ELA 9 Michigan Merit Curriculum Course Requirements, Page 27

Big Ideas
XX integrityXX relationships
XX truthX        equality
XX courage

Finding the truth through knowledge and experience

"Most people are [nice], Scout, when you finally see them."  (Atticus) 281

Education is key to overcoming prejudice.

Tues-Thurs: Watch the movie

Week 7: "I Have a Dream"

"I Have a Dream" by Martin Luther King Jr.  - A Close-Reading Assignment

1 Find a transcript of the speech.  Copy and paste it onto a MS Word document. Try to find a copy that uses quotation marks when
XXX Martin Luther King quotes something. 
2 Read it and organize it, dividing it into 5-7 chunks as seems appropriate.  Give each chunk a subtitle.
3 Highlight in yellow words you think are challenging vocabulary .
4 Highlight in green where Dr. King uses the poetic device of
refrain (See English Terms.)   
5 Find
allusions (See English Terms.)   Place your cursor at  the end of the allusion, click "insert" and then "comment."  Write in the
XXX comment-box the source of the allusion. The following allusions are made:
"Gettysburg Address" by Abraham Lincoln. 
XXX "Declaration of Independence" by Thomas Jefferson et al
XXX "America" by
XXX Richard III by William Shakespeare
XXX Isaiah, chapter 40, verses 4-5

What's An allusion?
She was as lost as Dorothy or Alice. 
They got along like Buzz and Woody.
That day, he unexpectedly found happiness, like a gift left in the knothole of a tree.

When you are done and it is handed in, you may watch the
"I Have a Dream" speech in video. 
(Here are some audio clips for those with dial-up:
CLIP 1   CLIP 2   CLIP 3 .)

Essential Questions
Who am I and how do I find my place in the world? 
What influences gender roles in our society? 
What stereotypes exist in our world? 
What is equality?  How can we work to achieve it? 
Why is it so difficult for people to stand up and do what is right? 
Do I have the courage to do what is right? 
Is it possible for one person to make a difference?
What inequalities are encountered and what comes of them?
How do these characters show or learn about responsibility?
How do these characters demonstrate courage?
Why is integrity important to these characters?
What truths are discovered and what was the cost?

ELA 9 Michigan Merit Curriculum Course Requirements, Page 27

Week 8: Movie Week / Writing The Paper

Write the analysis paper for this novel (doc). 

"The Death of Emmett Till" by Bob Dylan
"Civil Rights Timeline" Chris Crowe

Week 9: Newspaper Studies

Examine newspapers and learn the characteristics of a news article and how that differs from an editorial or column or a letter to the editor

The most difficult question: The application level. 
Maycomb's big problem is racism.  Most of Maycomb considers racism normal, but Atticus, who knows better, must protect his kids from it.  What is our town's big problem, the one that many people would consider normal, the one from which knowing parents try to protect their kids?  Alcoholism

Video Study-Guide--14 minutes

2nd Quarter Exam Review Checklist
As per ELA 9 Michigan Merit Curriculum Course Requirements, Page 28-29

Glossary Link 1: Meyer Literature Site
Glossary Link 2: U of N C, Pembroke
Our glossary is on pgs 967-978

Narrative Text

Informational Text

Genre Study
Xxx Characteristics of the novel
Xxx Characteristics of the screenplay
Xxx Characteristics of poetry
Xxx Characteristics of lyrics

Literary Elements
Xxx  plot pgs 32-33 of our textbook. 
Xxx setting pg 164-165 of our textbook
Xxx conflict pg 130-131 of our textbook
Xxx internal and external theme
Xxx Xxx pg 264-265 of our textbook
Xxx character development pg 130-131
Xxx mood, tone, style PG 586-587
Xxx author's purpose

Literary Devices
Xxx narration/point of view
Xxx figurative language:
Xxx Xxx imagery
Xxx Xxx symbolism
Xxx allusions
Xxx foreshadowing
Xxx implied meanings

Xxx roles of women
Xxx racial/gender equality
Xxx stereotyping
Xxx Deep South culture of the 1930s
Xxx urban legends (Boo Radley)
Xxx racism through dialogue

Critical Perspectives
Xxx time period
Xxx geographical (North vs. South)
Xxx Your own perspectives on:
Xxx Xxx issues of inequality
Xxx Xxx issues of racism
Xxx Xxx issues of prejudgment

Genre Study
characteristics of the following:
Xxx The editorial
Xxx The news article
Xxx Letters to the editor
Xxx The speech
Xxx A primary source document
Xxx The memoir
Xxx The timeline

Expository Elements
Xxx thesis
Xxx supporting ideas
Xxx statistical evidence
Xxx chronology

Organizational Patterns
Xxx fact/opinion
Xxx cause/effect
Xxx theory/evidence

Xxx editorial format:
Xxx Xxx date, byline, attribution
Xxx letter-to-editor format:
Xxx Xxx salutation, body, signature
Xxx document format with signatures
Xxx media conventions and special effects
Xxx headings and subheadings
Xxx photographs and drawings
Xxx boldface, italics, parenthesis

Critical Perspectives
Xxx facts and opinions
Xxx editorial perspective
Xxx writer's tone, bias
Xxx logic
Xxx authenticity