Tuesday, November 19, 2013


Meme Elements 
-a direct quote from To Kill a Mockingbird
-a phrase employing the argot of teenagers, or allusion to a meme
-an image from the film adaptation of To Kill a Mockingbird 
-skillful composition of text and image

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

11/12 Can you read? Dual narrative voice & humor

Can you read?

Today's class asked this question of material previously "read" for homework. However, our struggle to even summarize two pages of To Kill A Mockingbird so challenged us that it seems that we can't read.

The good news: identifying dual narrative voice helps us understand our "job" as a reader

The bad news: reading is hard

Be honest with your reading. When you get to the bottom of a page, and you have not understood what was said, stop and go back. Break down sentences into meaning chunks; build from what you know, and ask strong questions when confused.

Be honest. You can't read.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

11/7 child and adult world

Expanding our discussion of the dual narrative voice in To Kill a Mockingbird we are looking at how there are places where Scout and Jem struggle to understand adult topics:

  • race separation
  • class separation
  • poverty
  • education
  • family
  • religion

Often, it is Atticus or Miss Maudie who clues in the children on what is going on. We also notice that Jem is starting to understand more than Scout.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

11/5 TKAM Thematic topics and Film reading

The first chapter of To Kill a Mockingbird introduces us to how Harper Lee uses five thematic topics in the novel:
  • decorum
  • traumatic violence
  • race & class separation
  • dialect
  • ancestry
In starting our reading of the film, we wondered how the film could adapt "dual narrative voice." While the book switches between older and younger Scout, the film focuses on younger Scout with a voice-over of older Scout.