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Hertz/Independent Reading Project

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FC: To Kill A Mockingbird By: Harper Lee

1: Mrs. Hertz 4/13/09

2: One summer, Jem and Scout befriend a boy named Dill, who has come to visit his Aunt Stephanie next door. | Scout goes to school for the first time and hates it. | Boo Radley leaves gifts for the children in the knothole of the tree. | The kids sneak onto the Radley's property and Nathan shoots at them. | A fire destroys Miss Maudie's home. | PLOT EVENTS

3: Atticus agrees to defend a black man and he and his family are ridiculed because of it. | Atticus's sister Alexandra comes to live with the Finches. | Even though Tom Robinson is obviously innocent, the jury finds him guilty. | The guards fatally shoot Tom when they claim he tried to escape prison. | Boo Radley fatally stabs Bob Ewell when Bob attacks the children.

4: The novel takes place in Maycomb, Alabama, during the Great Depression. | SETTING

5: The setting is significant because it sets the stage for the rampant racism throughout the novel.

6: Main Character | Jean Louise "Scout" Finch is an intelligent tomboy who lives with her brother, father, and the cook in her home in Maycomb.

7: Scout believes in the basic goodness of all people and is shocked when people behavior otherwise. | She can be combative at times and is fiercely independent.

8: Minor Characters | Atticus Finch- Scout and Jem's father; a lawyer who does the unthinkable: represents and defends a black man in court. | Jem Finch- Scout's older brother and close companion.

9: Tom Robinson- black man falsely accused of rape and a symbol of innocence in the novel, like the mockingbird | Arthur "Boo" Radley- a recluse who appears to be evil, but really ends of being one of the "mockingbirds" of the novel | Calpurnia- the Finch household's cook; she is the children's link between their white world and her black community

10: Conflict | The conflict in this novel is the racial prejudice that permeates throughout it and Atticus's attempt to overcome it. | The conflict is resolved because Atticus defends the black man to the best of his ability.

11: Scout learns that, despite her prior beliefs, people are not always good at heart. | However, Scout vows to take Atticus's advice and treat people with kindness and respect.

12: Theme: INNOCENCE | "Remember, it's a sin to kill a mockingbird." | Mockingbirds are symbols of innocence because they do no harm to people, they only make music for us to enjoy. | "Mockingbirds" in the novel: | TOM ROBINSON | ARTHUR "BOO" RADLEY

13: Theme: COURAGE | Atticus has the courage to defend a black man to the best of his ability, even while almost the entire town decries him for it. | Scout has courage when she vows to treat all people with dignity and respect, despite what she has witnessed in her own town.

14: FAVORITE | My favorite scene in this novel is in chapter 28 when Bob Ewell attacks the children on the way home from the play and Boo Radley saves them.


16: Character Relation | The character I most relate to is Scout. I was a tomboy when I was younger and never liked to wear dresses, either. Like Scout, I always thought I knew more than the teachers!

17: My Opinion | I would recommend this novel because it was well-written, contained a lot of symbolism and imagery, and because it dealt with topics that need to be confronted in our society: racism, courage to do the right thing, and morality.

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