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kdyan | Student, Grade 10 | eNoter

Posted May 16, 2010 at 11:44 AM via web

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Scout makes three mistakes during her first day at school. What are her mistakes, and why do they make Miss Caroline so angry?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted May 16, 2010 at 12:38 PM (Answer #2)

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She knows how to read.  She knows how to write.  She tries to explain to Miss Caroline why Walter will not take the money for lunch.

The first two go against Miss Caroline's ideas about education.  The third frustrates her because she does not understand what Scout is trying to say.

A new teacher, first day of school, things aren't going the way she planned -- that would make her very frustrated and worried.  This means that she would get angry easily.

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted May 16, 2010 at 10:01 PM (Answer #3)

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Because Miss Caroline is from Winston County, which is in the northern part of Alabama and is part of Appalachia, she comes from an area with entirely different customs and religious denominations from that of Maycomb, which is like Harper Lee's hometown of Monroeville, in south Alabama.  To alienate her further, Scout says that "Winston County secede from Alabama in 1861, and every child in Maycomb County knew it."

Clearly, Miss Caroline is on foreign ground.  She has no understanding of the community, and when Scout tries to inform her about Walter Cunningham by saying, "You're shaming him, Miss Caroline...," the teacher feels that her student has derided her.  For, in essence, Scout tells her that she knows nothing about the area of Maycomb. 

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karabo | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 18, 2010 at 9:26 AM (Answer #4)

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She knows how to read.  She knows how to write.  She tries to explain to Miss Caroline why Walter will not take the money for lunch.

The first two go against Miss Caroline's ideas about education.  The third frustrates her because she does not understand what Scout is trying to say.

A new teacher, first day of school, things aren't going the way she planned -- that would make her very frustrated and worried.  This means that she would get angry easily.

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not really,besides she is new in the school and Scout is actually trying to get along with the new teacher or make her feel comfortable in some instance

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karabo | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 18, 2010 at 9:31 AM (Answer #5)

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Actually the stereotype we observe from the people of Maycomb clearly show that they had not gotten over having no slaves and one or the other way they were trying to actually burn out their anger by racist.

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Lori Steinbach | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted July 16, 2010 at 4:05 PM (Answer #6)

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What a frustrating day that must have been to Miss Caroline!  She was fresh out of college and I'm sure she had dreams about how glorious her first day of class would be.  Instead, she has a student who's nearly as big as she is who has tried first grade...well, more than once, let's say.  She tries to teach the basics of reading and writing but discovers one of her pupils doesn't need her instruction--so now what's she supposed to teach her?  She thinks she's doing a nice thing for one of her students by loaning him lunch money, but her gesture is first ignored and then rebuffed--by the same smart-aleck girl who already knows how to read.  She reads a delightful story to her class, but they fail to find it as enthralling as she'd hoped.  She is frightened half out of her wits by finding "cooties" in one boy's hair. She's in a new culture, and even though she doesn't come from that far away, it feels like she's in a foreign country, at times.  It's certainly NOT the day she had hoped it would be. 

Lori Steinbach

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earlycollegesucks | Student, Grade 9 | eNoter

Posted August 3, 2010 at 7:54 AM (Answer #7)

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Scout is growing up and coming of age. Explain her feeilings now about:

  • Their former games concerning Boo Radley
  • Her desire to see Boo in person
  • Atticus's apparent knowledge about theri previous activities

 

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anj6996 | Student, Grade 9 | eNoter

Posted August 3, 2010 at 5:21 PM (Answer #8)

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lol im answering the samee question and im in early college

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earlycollegesucks | Student, Grade 9 | eNoter

Posted August 4, 2010 at 8:59 AM (Answer #9)

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lol im answering the samee question and im in early college

lol good luck to you.

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anj6996 | Student, Grade 9 | eNoter

Posted August 10, 2010 at 5:42 PM (Answer #10)

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#9 what school do you attend

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earlycollegesucks | Student, Grade 9 | eNoter

Posted August 11, 2010 at 1:11 PM (Answer #11)

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UCEC

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killa6996 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted August 11, 2010 at 1:19 PM (Answer #12)

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UCEC

lol i must know u cuz i go to that school.. its in nc right

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earlycollegesucks | Student, Grade 9 | eNoter

Posted August 12, 2010 at 2:39 PM (Answer #13)

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wow this is wierd, yea in NC. whats your name?-im not a pediphile..

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anj6996 | Student, Grade 9 | eNoter

Posted August 12, 2010 at 4:00 PM (Answer #14)

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Andrzej lol

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