I Am Scout By Charles J. Shields
Summer Reading for 9th Literature 2012 9th ESOL
For each chapter, complete the following tasks in complete sentences. This is an optional
assignment, but there will be an assessment on the book 2-3 weeks after Fall semester begins,
and this assignment will greatly improve the students’ success on that assessment. If you have
any questions, please email:
Jacqueline.Roth@cobbk12.org or Nicholas.Thompson@cobbk12.org.
1. Identify 5 difficult words and define them.
2. Identify one personality trait of Nelle. (This will probably be an adjective: kind,
3. Write a quotation related to that personality trait. Formatting is important, so look below
a. Use a lead-ins around your quote
b. Use parentheses at the end of your quote with the author’s name and page
number (see below).
4. Identify an important person in Nelle’s life.
5. Explain why that person was important in her life.
For example, after Scout pummels Walter Cunningham in the school year, she says, “…
In addition, while spending Christmas at Finches Landing, Francis tell Scout, “…
Furthermore, when Scout and Jem are walking home from the pageant, “…
The power of your quote will be determined by how well you select and explain it.
Avoid using extremely long quotations or dialogue between two characters that will be
confusing to insert into your writing. Try to reduce the quote to the most essential pieces(s)
of information. The parentheses at the end of the quotations include information to give
credit to the author. The two pieces of information needed are the last name of the author
and the page number(s).
Ways to approach integrating quotes into your assignment:
1. Roll the quote into your own sentence (embedding).
a. Ex: Furthermore, when Scout and Jem are walking home from the pageant,
they hear a man “running toward [them] with no child’s steps” (Lee 264).
2. Introduce the quote with a complete sentence—use a colon.
a. Ex: For example, Scout explains to her father why she pummeled Walter
Cunningham in the schoolyard: “He made me start off on the wrong foot”
3. Introduce someone speaking—use a comma.
a. Ex: In addition, while spending Christmas as Finches Landing, Francis tells
Scout, “Atticus is ruinin’ the family” (Lee 87).
1. If you leave out words or phrases in the middle of the quote, use and ellipsis mark. Use
brackets to insert changes in a quote that will make it fit your sentence structure
smoothly. Example: Elise becomes more interested when the peddler tells her of a “lady
down the road [who] has got […] nearly every kind of flower but no chrysanthemums”
2. All quotations are not created equally. Choose carefully which words you quote.