Writing Endurance:

  “Would you rather be a giant hamster or a tiny rhino?”

I Have/ Who Has

Continue with Lesson 2 – Practice two focus questions and responses

Poster Project:

Essential question:   How does an author build structure throughout the text?

Work continues on Friday…



Writing Endurance

Which is more powerful, reading or writing?



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feels like…

looks like…

is the opposite of…



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Lesson 2 – Meeting Louie and Chapter One



Add to your journal (wherever you have empty space) 

“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.”  ~Jim Ronan



Get ready for: Writing endurance exercise

Writing Endurance Intro

Write for five on: (remember this goes in the back of your journal)

Would you rather only be able to whisper or only be able to shout?


Draw a line under your next entry in the main part of you journal.

Title: Lesson Two: Meeting Louie and chapter 1 (add to table of contents)

“I can identify elements of the writing process that an author uses to create a story.”

~Read Prologue:


 How does the author build structure in the text?








word choice





figurative language (simile, metaphor, personification, idiom, alliteration)






Unbroken – Lesson 1

In your journals:

  • “I can analyze and synthesize 12 documents to establish a cause and effect relationship.”

  • Do Now: What is WWII? How did it start?

  • Task of the Day: Brief class presentation of causes of WWII followed by a Gallery Walk. During the Gallery Walk you will fill out a graphic organizer.

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  • EXIT Ticket (on back of graphic): How is America changing in 1941?

TKAM Characters

  • Scout (Jean Louise Finch) – Narrator of the story.scout finch pic

  • Atticus Finch  – Maycomb attorney (lawyer) who is assigned to represent Tom Robinson. A widower, Atticus is a single parent to two children: Jem and Scout.

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  • Jem (Jeremy Atticus Finch) – Scout’s older brother who ages from 10 to 13 during the story. He is Scout’s protector and one of her best friends.jem

  • Calpurnia – The Finchs’ African American housekeeper. She grew up at Finch’s Landing and moved with Atticus to Maycomb. She is the closest thing to a mother that Scout and Jem have. One of the few Negroes in town who can read and write, she teaches Scout to write.Calpurnia jem and scout

  • Walter Cunningham, Sr. – One of Atticus’ clients and father of Scout’s classmate Walter. Walter Sr. pays Atticus with goods rather than money.

  • Walter Cunningham, Jr. – One of Scout’s classmates. Jem invites him to have lunch with them after Scout accosts Walter on the jr. thumnail

  • Uncle Jack Finch – Atticus and Aunt Alexandra’s bachelor brother who comes to visit every Christmas. He is a doctor who, like Atticus, was schooled at home.

  • Little Chuck Little – One of Scout’s classmates who stands up to Burris Ewell in defense of Miss Caroline.

  • Miss Caroline Fisher – New to teaching and to Maycomb and its ways, Miss Caroline is Scout’s first grade teacher.

  • Burris Ewell – One of Bob Ewell’s children. He attends school only one day a year. He is cruel to the teacher and is sent home the first day.

  • Aunt Alexandra  – Atticus’ sister. Aunt Alexandra lives at Finch’s Landing, the Finch family homestead, but she moves in with Atticus and the children during Tom Robinson’s trial. She is very concerned that Scout have a feminine influence to emulate.

  • Boo Radley (Mr. Arthur Radley) – The mysterious neighbor who piques the children’s interest. They’ve never seen him and make a game of trying to get him to come outside.

  • Nathan Radley – Boo Radley’s brother who comes back to live with the family when Mr. Radley dies.

  • Mr. and Mrs. Radley – Boo and Nathan Radley’s parents.

  • Dill (Charles Baker Harris) – Jem and Scout’s friend. Living in Meridian, Mississippi, Dill spends every summer with his aunt, Miss Rachel Haverford.the three kids in the night at the radley gate

  • Miss Rachel Haverford – Dill’s aunt who lives next door to the Finches.

  • Miss Maudie Atkinson – One of Maycomb’s most open-minded citizens, Miss Maudie lives across the street from Jem and Scout. An avid gardener, she often spends time talking with the children — especially Scout — helping them to better understand Atticus and their community.miss maudie

  • Miss Stephanie Crawford – The neighborhood gossip.

  • Mrs. Henry Lafayette Dubose – A cantankerous, vile, elderly woman who teaches Jem and Scout a great lesson in bravery.

  • Francis Hancock – Aunt Alexandra’s grandson. He taunts Scout about Atticus, getting her in trouble.

  • Old Tim Johnson – The mad (rabid) dog that Atticus is called upon to shoot. 








  • Zeebo – The town garbage collector who is also Calpurnia’s son. He’s one of four people who can read at the First Purchase African M.E. Church.

  • Mrs. Grace Merriweather – A devout Methodist, Mrs. Merriweather writes the Halloween pageant.

  • Mrs. Gertrude Farrow – The “second most devout lady in Maycomb” belongs to the local Missionary Society.

  • Tom Robinson – The black man who is accused of raping and beating Mayella Ewell.atticus and tom

  • Helen Robinson – Tom Robinson’s wife.

  • Link Deas – Tom and Helen Robinson’s employer. He makes sure that Helen can pass safely by the Ewells’ after Tom is arrested.

  • Bob Ewell – The Ewell patriarch (male head of the family), Bob Ewell spends his welfare checks on alcohol. He claims to have witnessed Tom attacking Mayella.bob ewel 2

  • Mayella Violet Ewell – 19-year-old daughter of Bob Ewell. She accuses Tom Robinson of rape.mayella face

  • Reverend Sykes – The pastor at First Purchase African M.E. Church. He helps Jem and Scout understand Tom’s trial and finds seats for them in the “colored balcony.”

  • Judge John Taylor – The judge at Tom’s trial. He appoints Atticus to represent Tom.

  • Mr. Horace Gilmer – The state attorney (lawyer) representing the Ewells.

  • Sheriff Heck Tate – Maycomb’s sheriff.

  • Mr. Braxton Bragg Underwood – The owner, editor, and printer of The Maycomb Tribune. Although he openly dislikes blacks, he defends Tom’s right to a fair trial.

  • Dolphus Raymond – Father to several biracial children, Mr. Raymond lives on the outskirts of town. When he comes into Maycomb, he pretends to be drunk.

  • Cecil Jacobs – A schoolmate of the Finch children, he scares Jem and Scout on the way to the Halloween pageant.

  • Miss Gates – Scout’s second grade teacher.

  • Lula – A parishioner at First Purchase African M.E. Church who is upset when Scout and Jem attend services there.

  • Eula May – The local telephone operator.

  • Mr. Avery – A boarder at the house across from Mrs. Dubose’s.

Would You Rather…


  • Would you rather only be able to whisper or only be able to shout?*

  • Would you rather be a giant hamster or a tiny rhino?**

  • Would you rather be rich and ugly, or Poor and good looking?***

  • Would you rather only eat your favorite food for the rest of your life, or never eat it again?

  • Would you rather be a great big giant, or a little tiny person that can fit in my hand?

  • Would you rather be hairy all over or completely bald?

  • Would you rather be stranded on an island alone or with someone you hate?

  • Would you rather have a beautiful house and ugly car or an ugly house and beautiful car?

  • Would you rather have a freakishly huge smile or a freakishly small nose?

  • Would you rather forget who you were or who everyone else was?

  • Would you rather get even or get over it?

  • Would you rather give bad advice or take bad advice?

  • Would you rather always have to say everything on your mind or never speak again?

  • Would you rather always lose or never play?

  • Would you rather always have to say everything on your mind or never speak again?

  • Would you rather have a dragon, or be a dragon?

Peer Readers

Peer Readers

~I can identify and evaluate the claim used in a piece of writing. 

~ I can identify and evaluate evidence used in a piece of writing. 

~I can construct an effective short response including a claim, two pieces of evidence, an analysis and concluding statement.

~I can work effectively in a small group setting.

1. In groups of three, read and discuss the sample papers you have been given.

2. Discuss some of the successes, and some of the “needs work” elements of the paper.


3. Complete the first part of the graphic organizer using your sample paper.


4. Come to a consensus on what the claim and strongest evidence is for the question/prompt.

5. Complete the bottom part of the graphic organizer.

6. Construct a response as a group, making sure you address all elements of A.C.E.

7. Each group will hand in ONE short response that reflects the group’s best possible work given the time constraints.

 Peer Readers Graphic Organizer