Thursday, April 30, 2009

Mockingbird Update

Hi Bookies!
Just a quick update before our face-to-face tomorrow! I forgot to bring my book today so that I could give specific information, so one of you will have to fill in the gaps for me please. We were to read to chapter 18, correct? And what page would that be in your copies, exactly? How are we doing? Are we ready to discuss?

And do you guys have anything specific you would like to discuss? Questions, comments? If you can, post them here so we can ponder the answers before tomorrow's meeting.

Hope you're enjoying the book as much as I am!
Mrs. P

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Book Club Update

So we met Friday as planned, and I think we had a good discussion about chapters 1-9 in the book. Some questions we pondered were

1. Why do you think Jem, Dill and Scout make a game of Boo Radley's life?
2. What do you think the items left in the knothole say about the person who left them there?
3. Why does Jem cry when the knothole gets cemented over?

I can't remember the rest. :)

We discussed a quote that I think is on p. 59 in your books discussing Egyptian inventions-- "delete the adjectives and then you have the facts"-- something like that. Did you figure out what that meant?

I also mentioned that there is all sorts of language and phrasing in here that might be confusing or hard to understand; if you guys run into stuff (vocabulary, phrases, whatever) that you don't get, please get clarification! You can either comment here on the blog, come find me in the library, or of course ask your folks! As I've told before, this book was not written as a children's book, so I would expect that you would need some help along the way.

Hope you're enjoying it-- we're getting to the meat of the story, now! We'll meet again this Friday after reading up to chapter 13 (that is what we decided, correct? One chapter after Pt. 2 starts?); let's try to get everyone there. And yes, we WILL watch the movie when we finish the book, so we better get cracking!
Mrs. P

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Bookies! Let's Get Started!

All right, guys-- we had decided to postpone reading ANY chapters until after spring break, contrary to some of the conversations you have been having recently. :) Well, "after spring break" is here, and I am anxious to get started. Where can we read to by next Friday, you think? I am now aware that some of you are officially ahead... what if we say we'll get to chapter 9 by Friday the 10th? Will that work? In your copies, that's page 74. Let me know!
Mrs. P