Boo Radley Change Assignment

Boo Radley Change Assignment

Describe how the children’s perceptions of Boo Radley have changed since the beginning, and explain why their new perception is more truthful.  

Essay should be two paragraphs, include four quotes (two in each paragraph), and be turned in by Wednesday.  

Describe how the children’s perceptions of Boo Radley have changed since the beginning of the novel, and explain why their new perception is more truthful.  


Perception Examples  Quote Explanation



  • Frankenstein appearance


  • crazy, lunatic behavior stabbing his father


  • odd family who doesn’t come out and is too religious to have any fun 

“Boo was about six feet tall…” (16) 


“As Mr. Radley passed by, Boo drove the scissors into his parent’s leg…” (13) 


“The misery of that house began many ears before Jem and I were born” (11) 

“There are just some kind of men who are so busy worrying about the next world that they’ve never learned to live in this one” (60).



Jem’s imagination fueled the details.  


Miss Stephanie keeps this sordid story current and the Radleys offer no counter narrative to the stabbing incident.  


Miss Maudie explains that the Radley family is so different from the rest of the neighbors because their strict religious beliefs make them intolerable of other people’s actions.  



  • gifts in the tree:  chewing gum, Indian-heads, soap dolls, twine, watch, spelling medal. 


  • sewed pants





  • blanket at fire 

“Our biggest prize appeared four days later.  It was a pocket watch that wouldn’t run, on a chain with an aluminum knife” (81). 




“When I went back they were folded across the fence… like they were expecting me,” (78). 


“You were so busy looking at the fire you didnt’ know it when he put the blanket around you,” (96).  

 Boo Radley gives the children presents that he knows they will enjoy. 





Boo Radley tries to protect Jem from Atticus’ anger and disappointment. 



Boo Radley protects Scout from the cold.  



Spring Break

Spring Break


Extra Credit Assignment

Since he was a little boy, Rudy Ruttinger (Sean Astin) has idolized the University of Notre Dame and its football team. However, he is a small boy who will inevitably grow up to be a small man. Not only that, but he is not an outstanding student or even a particularly good athlete. His blue-collar family is convinced that he is only asking for heartache by aspiring so far beyond his abilities. For a while Rudy grudgingly accepts this assessment and goes to work in the local steel mill. His dream just won’t die, and he eventually wins admission to the college of his dreams, In his junior year he tries out for the football team, but is able only to serve as a live tackle-dummy. Bruised and battered though he is, he is proud to have any connection with his team. By his senior year, the team has grown so fond of the boy that on the day of the final game, every member shows up at the coach’s office and offers to give up his place on the squad in order to give Rudy one chance to suit up as a team member. The coach, moved and impressed, allows Rudy to suit up and lead the team to the benches. Then, once victory is assured, he lets Rudy participate in the final scrimmage of the game. Rudy acquits himself well, and his loving friends hoist him onto their shoulders and carry him off the field. This “men’s weepie” is based on the true story of Rudy Ruttinger.

Writing Prompt: 

Identify three challenges Rudy faces to accomplish his goal of playing football for Notre Dame and explain how he overcomes these challenges.  

Hint:  There is one quality that helps him surmount all three.  

This assignment must be turned in online before Monday, 19.  It must be a five paragraph response and must earn a grade of C or higher to qualify for replacement of a lower grade or a missing assignment. 

November 6- November 9

November 6- November 9

Date  ELA Social Studies 
Mon, Nov 6

Autobiographical Incident Due.  

Review vocabulary for quiz Thursday. 

Read Act III, Twelve Angry Men, and watch video version.  

HW:  Vocabulary Quiz Thursday, True Grit 1 and Legal Jargon 

Jigsaw activity to complete Constitution Study Guide in preparation for a test on Thursday.  

Tues, Nov 7

Persuasive Writing Prompt:  Does Reginald Rose’s play, Twelve Angry Men, celebrate or condemn the American justice system? 

Student will create a graphic organizer and begin writing a draft. 

Jigsaw activity to complete Constitution Study Guide.  

Test Thursday.

Wed, Nov 8

Persuasive Writing techniques and lead strategies lesson. 

Write introductory paragraph.

HW:  Vocabulary quiz tomorrow and Persuasive Essay on 12 Angry Men due Monday.   

Jigsaw activity to complete Constitution Study Guide

Test Thursday

Thurs, Nov 9

Vocabulary quiz 

The Hero’s Journey story structure (plot)

The Wild West (setting)

HW:  Persuasive Essay on 12 Angry Men due Monday. 


 Test on Constitution
October 30- November 3

October 30- November 3

  ELA Social Studies 
Mon, Oct 30

Vocabulary True Grit List 1 sentence completion activity

How to begin an autobiographical incident: 

  • dialogue 
  • action
  • character sketch
Review test from Friday 
Tues, Oct 31

Vocabulary True Grit List 1 review 

Writing Mini Lesson:  Explode a Moment 

Writer’s Workshop/Conferences 

To Sign or Not to Sign the Constitution:  The Debate over Ratification (Federalist v Anti-Federalist)

Wed, Nov 1  Writer’s Workshop for Autobiographical Incident due Friday.  Crash Course videos on the power of Judicial Review, with concentration on Marbury v Madison 
Thurs, Nov 2

 Writer’s Workshop for Autobiographical Incident due tomorrow


Review Articles of Constitution for checks and balances.   

How a bill becomes a law with scene from Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

Fri, Nov 3  12 Angry Men Act II with movie version comparison   Legal jargon, review Bill of Rights and Judicial Review 
October 23- October 27

October 23- October 27

  English Social Studies 
Mon, Oct 23 Writer’s Workshop to review character sketch and dialogue segment.   Describe the structure and responsibilities of the three branches U.S. Government by reading Chapters 15-16 We the People
Tues, Oct 24  Writer’s Workshop to produce draft  

Describe the structure and responsibilities of the three branches U.S. Government by watching educational videos and completing a double bubble organizer comparing information presented. 

Note how videos are produced.   

Wed, Oct 25  Writer’s Workshop to produce draft    Summarize each of the first 10 Amendments that make up the Bill of Rights, the process for amending the Constitution, and the importance that the issue of a Bill of Rights had on ratification by watching videos produced by Bill of Rights Foundation and preparing a viewing guide. 
Thurs, Oct 26

 Revision Tools:  Explode a Moment 

Peer Edit:  Rally Coach 

  • Job 1:  Color Code Dialogue 
  • Job 2: Identify descriptive writing techniques.  
Compare Federalist and Antifederalist points of view with “To Sign or Not to Sign” Role Play activity 
Fri, Oct 27  Writing Workshop to make revisions   Evaluate speeches by Ben Franklin (to Congress) and George Washington (intro to Constitution) for similarities with Federalist viewpoint and completing a double bubble organizer.  
October 16- October 20

October 16- October 20

  English  Social Studies 
Mon, Oct 16

Wordly Wise List 1

Descriptive Writing Techniques Lesson 

Color Coding Activity with “When I Was Puerto Rican” 


Explain how the states governed themselves after the Revolution by reading Chapter 10 in We the People
Tues, Oct 17

Wordly Wise List 1

Round Table Stories inspired by prompts

Crafting a plot:  

  • What’s the problem?
  • What’s the big deal?
  • What’s the emotion?

HW:  Bring photo and talk to parents to finalize topic selection to get details.  


Explain how the Articles of Confederation organized the first government by reading Chapter 11 in We the People
Wed, Oct 18

Wordly Wise List 1

Characterization with Roald Dahl

Writing Workshop: writing a snapshot 

Explain the issues resolved by the Connecticut Compromise by watching Acts I and II of Madison Foundation film Constitutional Convention as Four Act Play

Thurs, Oct 19

Wordly Wise List 1

 Dialogue:  Snapshots and Thought-shots 

Evaluate the outcome of the Continental Congress by watching Acts III and IV of Madison Foundation film Constitutional Convention as Four Act Play
Fri, Oct 20

 Quiz Wordly Wise List 1

Model:  The Great Rat Hunt 

Analyze the story for both structure and style (humorous tone, pacing techniques, and descriptive writing techniques).   

 Explain how the Constitution deals with the dilemma of slavery by watching Madison Foundation video clip from Constitutional Convention 
Vacation Week October 2- October 13

Vacation Week October 2- October 13

Independent Reading Assignment due Monday, October 16 

Assignment Details:  Students who are reading The Giver will complete the Quotation Connection Assignment on that book.  Students who already have a book approved will complete the assignment on that book.  

One of the two responses for everybody is to discuss the ending of the book.  

Please refer to the model that was reviewed in class for guidance on how to earn a high grade on this assignment.  In short, students must provide specific evidence from both life (for the Quotation part) and literature (in the Connection part).  

Quoting is not required, but it is encouraged especially for the response on the end.  Specific paraphrasing is required. 

Assignments should be neatly written in ink or typed.  Please provide the text of the quotes you select.  Single spacing of this assignment is acceptable.  

Bring back your book!  Staple the rubric from the assignment sheet on top of your finished assignment.  Turn it in with the book.  

Quotation Connection Assignment

Quotation Connection Model

Field Trip Update 

Join us on November 15 for the time of your life!  Return the parent permission TODAY!  

Permission Slip


Free Special Event

7:00 pm October 18, 2017 at ASU Gammage

 Join us for a special night to explore the explosive relationship between Alexander Hamilton, Aaron Burr and the wider drama of America’s founding. 

Burr and Hamilton lived in the same city, worked in the same profession, occasionally worked together, had both fought in the Revolutionary War, and seemingly had cordial personal relations.  It was politics that put them on a collision course. 

Featuring acclaimed historian Nancy Isenberg, author of Fallen Founder: The Life of Aaron Burr and Hamilton scholar Peter McNamara of Arizona State University’s School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership. The discussion will be moderated by Paul Carrese the Director of the School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership.

Rare opportunity to see a first edition of The Federalist on display at ASU Gammage 

September 25- September 29

September 25- September 29

  English Social Studies 
Mon 9/ 25

Vocabulary List Seven 

Read “The Fly” and discuss elements of fiction employed. 

Prepare Study Guide 

Liberty video with Viewing Guide 
Tues 9/26

Sentence Completion activity with List Seven Vocab

Read “Tamar” and answer test questions.  

Review “Tamar”

Liberty video with Viewing Guide 
Wed 9/27

Unit Test on Elements of Fiction 

Part One:  Multiple Choice 

Liberty video with Viewing Guide 
Thurs 9/28 

Review results of Unit Test on Elements of Fiction 


Writing narrative nonfiction:  script the first scene 
Fri 9/29

 Quotation Connection Assignment

Introduction to autobiographical writing with freewrite

When I Was Puerto Rican excerpt.  

Introduction to iMovie 

Textbook reading


September 18- September 22

September 18- September 22


  English Social Studies
Sept 18

Vocabulary List Six with Powerpoint

Review student samples of response on irony essay and hand back essays. 

Graphic Organizer on symbolism in “The Scarlet Ibis”  (Rally Coach for quotes)

HW:  Revise irony essay and share on frazerenglish@gmail.  

Continue working on independent reading.  Final 1/4 of book due Monday with Summary/Response.  


The Declaration of Independence

Close Reading Jigsaw Activity

Dramatic Reading/Expert Groups 

Sept 19

Vocabulary List Six Sentence Completion (Think Pair Share) 

Complete graphic organizer on symbolism in “The Scarlet Ibis” 

HW:   Study Vocabulary for quiz on Friday.  Book summary due Monday.  

The Declaration of Independence

Close Reading Jigsaw Activity 

Jigsaw Group Presentations



Sept 20

Lesson on Mood 

Read “The Monkey’s Paw” to

  • identify the mood of the story and explain how the author establishes that mood (Rally Robin)
  • identify the theme of the story and explain how this theme is developed. (Think Pair Share)
  • compare the theme of “The Monkey’s Paw” with the theme of “The Phoenix” 

HW:  Response on symbolism in “The Scarlet Ibis” due Friday.  Study Vocabulary for quiz on Friday.  Book summary due Monday.  

Describe the mission of the First Continental Congress by viewing Liberty video segment. 

Analyze Liberty viewing segment for Ken Burns storytelling formula and cinematographic elements. 

HW:  Story Board idea for Declaration of Independence Scene

Sept 21

Original Sentences with Vocabulary List Six Words (Rally Coach) 

Review concept of mood and cinematographic techniques for storytelling.  

Watch film adaptation and write an analysis explaining how the director uses cinematographic techniques to enhance the mood.  

Work with partner to develop graphic organizer.  

HW:  Response on symbolism in “The Scarlet Ibis” due Friday.  Study Vocabulary for quiz on Friday.  Book summary due Monday. 


Describe the influence of Common Sense by viewing Liberty video segment. 


HW:  Story Board idea for Declaration of Independence Scene 


Sept 22

Quiz on Vocabulary List Six 

Read “The Tell Tale Heart” to identify the mood and evaluate how the author establishes it.  

Compare the mood of “The Tell Tale Heart” to that of “The Monkey’s Paw” and explain the effect of that establishing a certain mood has on the plot.  


Describe events surrounding the preparing and signing of the Declaration by viewing Liberty video segment.  

HW:  Story Board idea for Declaration of Independence Scene 

September 11- September 15

September 11- September 15

  English Social Studies 
Monday, 9/11

Lesson on Irony 

Read “Ransom of Red Chief” and explain how the use of irony adds to the comedic tone.  

Introduction to documentary filmmaking with Ken Burns videos on story and Ken Burns effect.  

Introduction to Sons of Liberty with infographic. 

Tuesday, 9/12

Review concept of Irony 

Read “The Necklace” and explain how the use of irony creates drama in the story.  

Watch video biographies of five Sons of Liberty participants and describe the extraordinary element of each man’s story.  

HW:  Quiz tomorrow on videos.  

Wednesday, 9/13

Mini-lesson on leads. 

Writing workshop to compare the use of irony in “Ransom of Red Chief” and “The Necklace” 

HW:  Irony essay due Friday.  Bring printed copy.  

Read “Terms of Estrangement” 

Annotate text and answer comprehension questions. 

Thursday, 9/14

 Lesson on symbolism 

Read “The Scarlet Ibis” to identify the symbol in the story and explain how this symbol supports the theme.  

HW:  Irony essay due Friday.  Bring printed copy.  

Finish reading “Terms of Estrangement”

Listen to Hamilton’s bachelor party song.  

Brainstorm ideas for an establishing a narrative in a historical setting for the Sons of Liberty.  

Friday, 9/15

 Lesson on theme 

Read “The Phoenix” and write a theme statement. 

Writing Workshop 

Battle of Lexington:  History Channel video, Vimeo lesson, Digital History: Chap 11 reading.   Learn both history and documentary moviemaking in preparation for project.