Timed Writing Options – To Kill A Mockingbird You will be working in class with a team of two other students on our first timed writing.
As a group, you will work collaboratively to create an overall essay outline, an introduction, and a concluding paragraph. Each student will then be responsible for creating an independent chunk paragraph exploring one of the main points from the group’s thesis statement.
At the end of the activity, the group essay will be pieced together and turned in. Each student will receive a grade based upon both their independent chunk paragraph and the group’s introductory and concluding paragraphs. There are several timed writing options below. Carefully read and select your timed writing topic. Be sure to sign up for your chosen topic. Before the timed writing date, be sure to brainstorm about three possible main points to discuss with your group members.
A) There are many forms of prejudice or intolerance in Harper Lee’s novel. Pick three instances to write about in detail and show examples of the prejudice as well as the hypocrisy of some of the townspeople of Maycomb.
B) To Kill a Mockingbird presents various examples of the father figure - positive and negative. Certain father figures within the text are even ambiguous. Explore three different father figures in the novel, identifying the traits and actions that demonstrate the quality of their guidance to support your response.
C) How does Harper Lee use minor characters to explore some of the major concerns of the novel? Choose three minor characters from To Kill a Mockingbird that demonstrate a minor character’s ability to communicate a major theme.
D) The mockingbird is the major symbol of Lee‘s To Kill a Mockingbird. How does it also represent a major theme within the written work? Select three characters from the novel and use text evidence to show how they are “mockingbirds” that help communicate a universal message.
E) Throughout the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee utilizes various literary devices to engage the reader (simile, metaphor, personification, alliteration, allusion, etc.). How does the employed figurative device or stylistic quality enhance the meaning of the text?