8th Grade Discussions

Seeking Justice: Lesson 5, Discussion Questions

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Questions from Oyster Academy.

Question 1: How does today’s reading develop your understanding of gender roles and expectations in this text? Provide specific examples from the text.

Today’s reading helped me understand that women are expected to do housework, like Jem says on page 78, “Not like a lady sewed ’em…”

It also helped me understand that men are supposed to be wild. Jem and Dill claimed they played strip poker on page 73, “We were playin’ strip poker yonder by the fishpool…” The neighbors “seemed satisfied (74)“. It seemed expected.

Question 2: On page 54, Atticus says to Jem,

“Son, I’m going to tell you something and tell you one time: stop tormenting that man. That goes for the other two of you.”

What does this line reveal about Atticus? Find an additional piece of evidence that supports your answer.

This line reveals that Atticus seems to know when he must be stern when needed. He shows more of his parenting skills when talking to Jem and Scout on page 73, “I don’t want to hear of poker in any form again.”

He also seems to know more than anyone may expect. He knew that Dill, Scout, and Jem were playing Radley’s without them telling him. “Does this by any chance have anything to do with the Radley’s? (53)