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In "To Kill a Mockingbird" what does Scout learn from Calpurnia's account of Zeebo's...

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chelseyboo | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 24, 2009 at 7:40 AM via web

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In "To Kill a Mockingbird" what does Scout learn from Calpurnia's account of Zeebo's education?

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mrs-campbell | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted February 24, 2009 at 8:46 AM (Answer #1)

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Calpurnia explains to Jem and Scout that "There wasn't a school even when [Zeebo] was a boy," and mentions that it was she that "made him learn, though."  She taught him how to read; that she herself could read was unusual.  She said that she was taught by "Miss Maudie Atkinson's aunt, old Miss Buford."  When Calpurnia taught Zeebo to read, he was older; he "had half-grown children".  How she taught him was that she "made him get a page of the Bible every day" and then used a book that their grandaddy Finch had given to her years ago, and taught him to read using both of those sources.  So, through Calpurnia's tutelage, Zeebo learned how to read.

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salahhussein | Student, Grade 11 | eNoter

Posted April 14, 2012 at 12:54 PM (Answer #2)

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Calpurnia explains to Jem and Scout that "There wasn't a school even when [Zeebo] was a boy," and mentions that it was she that "made him learn, though."  She taught him how to read; that she herself could read was unusual.  She said that she was taught by "Miss Maudie Atkinson's aunt, old Miss Buford."  When Calpurnia taught Zeebo to read, he was older; he "had half-grown children".  How she taught him was that she "made him get a page of the Bible every day" and then used a book that their grandaddy Finch had given to her years ago, and taught him to read using both of those sources.  So, through Calpurnia's tutelage, Zeebo learned how to read.

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