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ENGLISH 1CP HONORS ASSIGNMENT TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD Due: December 15, 2010 DIRECTIONS: Read To Kill a Mockingbird, attend and contribute to book talks, write an essay of at least two pages, and develop an epilogue for the novel. Part One - ESSAY: Use online databases available through www.rbrhs.org. Each database login and password is RBRHS, except Proquest, which is RBRBUCS. TOPICS: Innocence vs. Experience: Which characters are innocent? Which characters are experienced? How do you differentiate between the two? Why is this important thematically? Gothic novels: What Gothic elements are present in the novel? How have writers discussed the Gothic elements of TKAM? Symbolism: Focus your essay on a symbol found throughout the novel? How does Harper Lee use this symbol to add to her novel? The Role of Women: How are women treated in Maycomb? What is Calpurnia’s role in the novel? What roles do the other women of Maycomb play? The Great Depression: Although Harper Lee wrote the novel in 1960, TKAM takes place in the early 1930’s. How do the social statuses of Maycomb citizens represent The Great Depression? Topic of your choice: Develop your own topic related to the novel. You must illustrate a clear understanding of the novel in order to place your focus on this portion/aspect of the novel. Discuss with Mrs. Kanuga before beginning to write. You will be given five bonus points for coming up with your own topic. Part Two - BOOK TALKS: Dates: Monday, 12/7; Tuesday, 12/8; Wednesday, 12/9 You must attend at least two book talks. Take notes as you read, focusing specifically on the essay topics above and plot points. Develop a timeline chronicling Scout’s development from a child to a young adult. This will help you during book talk discussions. Part Three - EPILOGUE: Consider Scout’s life from the beginning of the story to the end. Scout is the narrator of the novel and we assume she is an adult telling the story. What happened between Scout’s adult years and her debut in the pageant? Choose a specific time at least five years after the end of the novel. Questions to consider: 1. What happens to Jem, Scout, Dill, Boo, etc.? 2. How does the outcome of the trial significantly affect Maycomb? 3. What adventures do the children encounter? How old are they during these times? 4. Does Boo’s life change? Must be at least three pages in length.
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