In Chapter 14, Dill returns. Why does he come back? What do we learn about his family? How is his father different from Atticus? What kind of character is Dill? What do you think is Dill's purpose in the novel?
How does the children's view of Calpurnia change after their visit to First Purchase? Can you think of a similar experience when your view of someone was changed by something he/she did?
Scout and Jem's perspective of Mrs. Dubose changes in Chapter 11. How/why does it change? What lesson do they learn? Have you ever learned a similar lesson? Explain.
The children's view of Atticus changes from the beginning to the end of Chapter 10. Why does this happen? Think about your views of your own parents; has your perspective ever changed in a positive way? Why?*
*Don't share any information about your parents they would not want shared.
In Chapter 9, Atticus expresses his desire that Scout not catch "Maycomb's usual disease." What is this disease? How might she catch it? What "diseases" do we have in society today?
In Chapter 7 Jem has two watches: the one from the tree and the one from his father. What kinds of symbols are these watches? What might they symbolize in the novel? What other meanings might a watch have? Are there any other items that may be symbols in the novel? Explain.
What are some preconceived gender roles or expectations? How does one's culture help to establish what it means to be a "boy" or a "girl"? How might people feel who don't fit those expectations?
Why do people make fun of those who are different?
Why is this tendency stronger in children than in adults?
What are ways we can combat these tendencies?
Recall a time when you were dared to do something you felt was dangerous. How did you feel about the person who came up with the dare? Did you carry the dare out? Why or why not?After it was over, how did you feel about yourself and the person (people) who challenged you?