In school, we have been reading Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird."I have read up to Chapter 15 and now we have been asked to do a map on Maycomb so far with quotes or page numbers to prove...

In school, we have been reading Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird."

I have read up to Chapter 15 and now we have been asked to do a map on Maycomb so far with quotes or page numbers to prove where the characters live. Please I need some help. I keep reading over and can not find any quotes .

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

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This is a challenging assignment for someone with artistic and/or drafting talents. The author, Harper Lee, does give various descriptions of the homes of her residents in the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, but she certainly does not include a graphic map of Maycomb. However, I will provide you with some specifics, and your imagination and graphic skills will have to take over from there.  Most of the descriptions can be found in Chapter One.

FINCH'S LANDING:  "On the banks of the Alabama River some 40 miles above Saint Stephens."
MAYCOMB:  "Some 20 miles east of Finch's Landing"
FINCH HOUSE:  Next door to Miss Rachel's house.
DUBOSE HOUSE:  "Two doors to the north of us (Finch house)."
RADLEY PLACE:  "Three doors to the south (of the Finch house)."
MISS MAUDIE'S HOUSE:  "Across the street one door down from us (Finch house)."
MISS RACHEL'S HOUSE:  "Next door (to the Finch house)."
MISS STEPHANIE'S HOUSE:  Near the Finch house, but unspecified, possibly on the other side.
SCHOOL GROUNDS:  Borders the Radley Place.
MISS CAROLINE (TEACHER):  "Boarded with Miss Maudie."
CECIL JACOBS' HOUSE:  "Far end of our street (Finch's house) next door to the Post Office." 
POST OFFICE:  Same street as the Finch House next door to the Jacobs House.
MR. AVERY:  "Boarded across the street from Mrs. Dubose's house."
THE DEER PASTURE:  Borders the school grounds and possibly the back yard of the Finch house.
FIRST PURCHASE A.M.E. CHURCH:  "Outside the southern town limits, across the old sawmill tracks."
THE QUARTERS (NEGRO SECTION): "Outside the southern town limits."
EWELL HOUSE:  "Behind the town garbage dump... 500 yards" from a small Negro settlement.
CUNNINGHAM HOUSE:  In the country

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I can't read through the novel again right now to find quotations for you, but I can give you these tips. I hope they're helpful. It sounds like a good assignment, but it's also a lot of work. Good luck!

1. Think of the Finch household as the center of the map.

2. Review the main characters in the novel and think about what you know about their relationship to the Finch household or to each other.

3. Hunt through the chapters in which these characters are first mentioned. If (and only if)you can't find quotations, give detailed summaries of what you remember from your reading.

Here's a start, drawing from the source listed below (note: these are not quotations from the novel:

"Maudie Atkinson is a strong, supportive woman who lives across the street from the Finches."

Mr. Avery is "a good-natured if somewhat coarse neighbor of the Finches."

"Calpurnia has a wider life outside the Finch household." (e.g. her black church)

Here are some other characters and details to consider, which can probably all be found in the trial scene: I seem to remember that the Ewells live near a dump and near a black settlement. Tom Robinson (who probably lives in that black settlement) has to walk past the Ewell household on his way to work the fields that belong to the local farmer Link Deas. Also, see if you can find out how far the Radley house is from the Finch house.

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You will find a map of Maycomb at the link below.

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