Think of traditions that you have experienced in your life. Is there one in particular that you think is a waste of time? What is it? Why should it be stopped? Is there one that should be continued that you believe you will continue to teach your own children one day? What is it? Why? Choose one or the other and write at least half a page.
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Does technology make us more alone?
From the first few pages of F451:
Choose one word that you particularly like. Write it down.
From the same section of text, select a phrase (two or more words, but not a complete sentence) that appeals to you. Write that phrase.
Choose one sentence that is beautifully written and that you think conveys meatning. Write that sentence.
Take one of the three text renderings from above, and reflect in writing for a few minutes about why you like that text and how it connects to you.
Choose one of the three quotations below, and reflect in writing about what you believe it means. Make text-to-text connections to Fahrenheit 451 when possible.
1.“Books won’t stay banned. They won’t burn. Ideas won’t go to jail. In the long run of history,
the censor and the inquisitor have always lost. The only sure weapon against bad ideas is better
ideas. The source of better ideas is wisdom.” Alfred Whitney Griswold,
Essays on Education
2.“Where they have burned books, they will end in burning human beings.” Heinrich Heine,
3.“For books are not absolutely dead things, but . . . do preserve as in a vial the purest efficacy
and extraction of that living intellect that bred them. . . . Who kills a man kills a reasonable
creature, God’s image; but he who destroys a good book, kills reason itself, kills the image of
God, as it were in the eye. Many a man lives a burden to the earth; but a good book is the
precious life-blood of a master spirit, embalmed and treasured up on purpose to a life beyond
life.” John Milton, “Areopagitica”
Copy these instructions in your notebook. If you are not in class, please write the date and note that you were absent.
1. Please write the answer of your selection.
2. WHY did you make this particular selection? Describe your thinking process.
3. Which words from this example do you NOT know? Please look them up, identify part(s) of speech, and find some synonyms. Thesaurus.com
4. Use the most challenging word from this selection in a sentence that clearly indicates you understand the word's part of speech and meaning.
Daily Journal Grade
100%: Student followed directions, all dates are recorded successfully, work is organized, effort is apparent.
Think about an item that you absolutely had to have. What was the item? How did you think it would improve your life? Did it do what you thought it would do?
The Pledge of Allegiance includes the words, "liberty and justice for all." Do you believe that these words are true for America today? Why or why not? Provide evidence to support your answer.
What does it mean to grow up?
When you are finished, read your choice novel.
"School often gets in the way of education."
True or false? Provide evidence for your reasoning.
When someone sees my name, I want that person to think about.....
What do you think "To Kill a Mockingbird" means?
Lee begins To Kill a Mockingbird with an epigraph (a brief quotation placed at the beginning of a book or chapter) by Charles Lamb: "Lawyers, I suppose, were children once."
Your own writing portfolio for this class will need to have an epigraph on the landing page. Spend some time now looking up quotes and writing down your ideas for what this might look like for your own work.
Create one factual question, one inductive question, and one analytical question about To Kill a Mockingbird.
What do you think this poem is about?
Strange Fruit by Billie Holiday
Southern trees bear strange fruit
Blood on the leaves and blood at the root
Black bodies swinging in the southern breeze
Strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees
Pastoral scene of the gallant south
The bulging eyes and the twisted mouth
Scent of magnolias, sweet and fresh
Then the sudden smell of burning flesh
Here is fruit for the crows to pluck
For the rain to gather, for the wind to suck
For the sun to rot, for the trees to drop
Here is a strange and bitter crop
Why do you think Harper Lee chose as her novel's epigraph this quote from Charles Lamb: "Lawyers, I suppose, were children once"?
Evaluate yourself as a reader. What are your strengths? What are you weaknesses? What are your earliest memories of reading?
Write the following quote in your notebook and explain what you think it means. Do you believe that this is true? Why or why not?
"It is important for our friends to believe that we are unreservedly frank with them, and important to friendship that we are not."
"Real courage is not always readily seen. • Courage often comes from unexpected sources. • Extraordinary efforts are needed to fight injustice. • Role models are crucial to the development of children. • Ignorance breeds ignorance. • One dedicated person can make a difference. • Hardship is necessary to the development of one's character. • Education is vital to a society's well-being. • School often gets in the way of education. • People should not be judged by first appearances. • People often have an unseen inner strength (or beauty). • Someone of extraordinary strength is often needed to step forward when others hesitate." (
- One’s family heritage should always arouse a sense of pride.
- It is good to live in a town where everybody knows everybody.
- It is always beneficial to be able to read.
- First impressions are usually accurate.
- “Loners” should be left alone because that is just who they are.
- It is okay to talk about someone if you are just trying to inform another person.
- All men are created equal.
- There are no exceptions to obeying laws.
- A new, fresh way of doing something is usually best.
- A good name is a person’s most valuable possession.