Day 3

To Kill a Mockingbird Lesson Plan

Discussion of Thought Questions

  1. 1

    How is Jean Louise growing up and being socialized as a woman?

    She sees that Jem is growing up. She doesn’t want to act the way Jem thinks she should, but she appreciates Calpurnia’s skill in the kitchen (ch. 12). She also sees Calpurnia stand up for what is right when she takes the children to her church. In chapter 13, Aunt Alexandra declares that she will help provide “some feminine influence.” By the time, Jean Louise has learned the value of keeping silent at times and of lying “under certain circumstances”—are these strictly feminine conversation strategies in the novel, or do some of the male adults do the same thing? At the end of chapter 13, Jean Louise says, “I...

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