Reading Journal 2 of To Kill a Mockingbird
Chapters 12 through 31 of To Kill a Mockingbird
Due Date: Wednesday of Week 3 by Noon
Note: Journals entries will not be graded on grammar; they will be graded simply on completeness, display of thinking process, and effort.
Your journal will consist of three steps:
Step One–Summarizing (What?)
First, summarize what you have read (what?). Describe the important characters and events of the section you are summarizing. Be sure to use direct quotations and paraphrases to construct a detailed summary of the passage—the more specific the better. You are writing only for yourself here, so do not worry about grammatical errors, but be sure to include page numbers for exact quotations. Just be sure the summary is comprehensive and as close as possible to the original meaning.
Step Two–Responding (So What?)
Immediately following the summary, write your reaction to what you have just read (so what?). At this point, you want to explore your reaction to the text and connect the new information to your existing web of knowledge.
Step Three–Analyzing (How did the writer write?)Reading Journal 2 of To Kill a Mockingbird
Respond in detail to at least three of the following questions (Do not give the same answers to the same questions you may have addressed in the first journal.):
- What is the narrative point of view and how does it affect the story?
- What is the main problem facing the main character?
- What figurative language is used and how does the language affect the telling of the story?
- What symbols does the author use?
- What important themes are embedded in the narrative?
- How does this novel compare to other novels you have read?
- What topic or topics (love, religion, politics, art, sex, etc.) continue to surface in this part of the novel?