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  • Cornell Notes for To Kill A Mockingbird 1

    TIMELINE & Cue Words/Concepts:

    Background Knowledge 1850 Compromise of 1850 / Fugitive Slave Act 1857 Dred Scott v. Sandford 1861-5 dates of the Civil War 1865 Thirteenth Amendment & Black codes 1890 Separate but equal 1896 Plessy vs. Ferguson 1931-6 Scottsboro Boys 1954 Brown vs. Board of Education of Topeka, et al. 1955 Emmett Till

    Note-taking column: This is the place to take your notes either while reading or during in-class lecture/discussion of the material. DO NOT write in complete sentences. Organization and spacing is very important especially when it is time to review and/or study for an assessment so use white space, bullet points, etc effectively.

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    1957 Little Rock Nine 1866 - present KKK / lynchings 1876 - 1965 Jim Crow laws Reconstruction Amendments 1865 Thirteenth Amendment 1868 Fourteenth Amendment 1870 Fifteenth Amendment

    officially put an end to slavery within the United States declared that slaves were no longer property, but didnt answer questions about the new rights of freed slaves Section 1 = response to issues & rights related to (new rights of) former slaves

    citizenship rights if you are born here or naturalized, you are an American citizen (some folks argued that Africans - and

    their descendents - who had been forced into slavery were still foreigners.) equal protection of the laws

    guarantees due process - fair trials, ability to engage in contracts, protection against discrimination when searching for housing, employment,, etc

    guarantees the right to vote to male citizens of the United States to vote regardless of race, color or previous condition of servitude. (Women were not allowed to vote until 1920 - Nineteenth Amendment)



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    TKAM Overview Cue Words/Concepts:



    Internal Conflicts

    External Conflicts

    Literary Techniques

    Note-taking column:

    Verbal Irony: the use of words to convey a meaning that is the opposite of its literal meaning Example: After I slipped and fell on the ice, my friend said, You are a picture of grace. Situational Irony: an outcome of events contrary to what was, or might have been, expected Example: A greedy millionaire buys a lottery ticket and wins an additional million. Dramatic Irony: the reader knows something about the characters situation that the character does not know Example: The potential victim is walking around in her dark house, while a murderer is hiding behind the door. The viewer/reader knows the murderer is there, but the character does not Simile vs. Metaphor Personification Imagery Hyperbole is an exaggerated statement used to make a point Foreshadowing

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    MAIN THEME: You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view ---...until you climb into his skin and walk around in it. (39)








    Uncle Jack

    Aunt Alexandra

    Miss Caroline

    Walter Cunningham

    NOTES Scout & Jems father lawyer caring father believes in treating everyone with respect consistently demonstrates strong moral compass---wants to be an example to his children Jean Louise narrator & protagonist she ages from 6 to 8 in the course of the novel tomboy naive & tries to solve problems by fighting Jeremy Atticus Atticus' son and Scout's older brother by four years Jem loves his father & is deeply impacted but what he goes through in the novel Charles Baker Harris - Jem and Scout's best friend who visits Maycomb every summer from Meridian, Mississippi, stays with his aunt Rachel (Jem & Scouts neighbor) tries to come up with ways to get Boo out of the house Calpurnia Finch family's housekeeper deeply respected by Atticus is the maternal figure for Scout & Jem ----provides discipline, instruction, and love Arthur "Boo" Radley quiet, reclusive character who serves as the boogieman for the towns children he stays shut up in house; nobody ever sees him, but there are lots of stories about how horrible he is John Hale "Uncle Jack" Finch Atticus' younger brother he is a doctor (no kids) Alexandra "Aunt Alexandra" Hancock Atticus' sister way into book, Aunt Alexandra moves into the Finch house wants Scout to be more ladylike and less of a tomboy; Scout dislikes her but changes her mind after the tea party scene

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    Scouts first day at school: How did she start off on the wrong foot? (28)

    Walter Cunningham joins Scout and Jem for lunch at the Finch house. How did Scout embarrass Walter?

    Burris Ewell

    Miss Maudie

    foot-washing Baptist

    skits performed by Dill, Scout & Jem about Boo

    Atticus reaction to these skits

    Big Ideas:

    When Scout complains about Miss Caroline to

    Atticus, Atticus tells Scout that she needs to climb into [Miss Carolines] skins

    and walk around in it . What does Atticus mean?

    (Please explain in your own words.)

    What situation is Scout

    describing in the passage from p. 54? Who is

    laughing? Why is this passage significant?

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  • Cornell Notes for To Kill A Mockingbird 7

    Cue/Concept the collard patch scene

    gifts in the knot-hole

    unusual weather in Maycomb

    snowmen & caricatures

    Miss Maudies house

    Scout tries not to fight

    (pp. 100-101) Atticus is defending Tom Robinson, even though he strongly

    suspects he will lose the case.Why?


    Finch Christmas & Cousin


    Uncle Jack & Scout

    Why do Scout and Jem feel disappointed by their


    Atticus tells Scout and Jem its a sin to kill a

    mockingbird - why?

    Note-taking - ch 6 - 10

    Francis Hancock is the spoiled grandson of Aunt Alexandra; lives in Mobile, Alabama; fights w/ Scout Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hitem, but remember its a sin to kill a mockingbird (119)

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    Big Ideas: What do the children learn about Boo? How is the theme developed in these chapters?

    reflect on Jem at the end of ch 7


    One Shot Finch - Why is it important for the reader to

    understand that Atticus Finch is a deadly shot?

    Why does Atticus force Jem

    to read to Mrs. Dubose?

    Jem & Scout go to church with Calpurnia:

    What is linin and why do they do it?

    Helen Robinson cant find

    work because

    (p. 167) What does Scout notice about Calpurnias


    What did the children learn about Calpurnias double-life?

    Note-taking - ch 11 - 15

    Jem destroyed Mrs. Duboses flowers because Mrs. Dubose. Mrs. Dubose is _________________. Jem reading to her helps, because.. Atticus wanted Jem to learn about what real courage is. Paraphrase what Atticus says to Jem about real courage on p. 149.

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    Why did Dill run away from home?

    Big Ideas: What is Dill trying to explain to Scout in the passage from p. 192? The men from Old Sarum tried to lynch Tom Robinson. But Scout is able to stop them. How? How did a little kid stop a mob of men?

    "'Why do you reckon Boo Radley's never run off?' Dill sighed a long sigh and turned away from me. 'Maybe he doesn't have anywhere to run off to......'" (192)


    Braxton Underwood

    Heck Tate

    Judge Taylor

    Bob Ewell

    Note-taking - ch 16 - 21 (the trial)

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    Mayella Ewell

    Tom Robinson

    Horace Gilmer

    Dolphus Raymond

    Big Ideas: What is changing in Atticus? Why is he changing? The witness realized his mistake.But the damage was done (264). What was Toms mistake during his cross-examination from Mr. Gilmer? Why was Toms answer significant?

    What makes Dill cry during the trial? What do Dill & Scout learn from Mr. Raymond? What is he pretending to be and why?

    pp. 209-10 I was beginning to notice a subtle change in my father

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