I'm writing a journal from Boo Radley's perspective. Do you have any ideas of things I can write on one page?I'm writing a journal from Boo Radley's perspective. Do you have any ideas of...

I'm writing a journal from Boo Radley's perspective. Do you have any ideas of things I can write on one page?

I'm writing a journal from Boo Radley's perspective. Do you have any ideas of things I can write on one page?

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accessteacher | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I think any journal entry must indicate the kind of character that Boo Radley is, as it is discovered at the end of the novel. He is certainly sensitive, kind and generous and really enjoys the relationship he forms with Jem and Scout through the gifts he leaves and their games.

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Since the knothole in the tree has been a link with the outside world, Boo is probably very disturbed by his brother Nathan's sealing of this hole.  As a journal entry, therefore, the student, acting as Boo, could write an entry that begins thusly,

----(date)

My one link to the children of Atticus Finch has been the knothole in the big tree.  I wonder what they think, now.  Why did Nathan cut this line of communication off?  Each day I watched; I couldn't wait to see their faces.....

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

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Great ideas in the above post.  We know that, though he is home bound, Boo is interested in and watching the actions of the Finch kids; so, what about some of the activities which connect him to them.  How about carving the soap figurines that look like them. as well as finding things which he thinks they might appreciate to put in the tree.  How about sewing Jem's overalls or placing the blanket over Scout's shoulders during the fire at Miss Maudie's house.  Finally, of course, is the big event for Boo--watching the kids go to the pageant and watching Bob Ewell track them down.  Lots to choose from with Boo Radley; he's quite a character!

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missy575 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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Well, from what we know about Boo Radley, he is locked up (whether by choice or force) in that house at the end out the street. So, to write from his perspective, you wouldn't have to wonder about how he engages with many people. He sees family members pass during the course of the book. That might affect him. He watches some things from the windows of his house like he might have seen someone fall out of a tire into his yard, or he might have seen kids creeping around his backyard. He might write about musings over what the people on the outside do.

These are just some ideas, so I hope they get you started. I always imagine Boo sitting down in the front room doing something just like this, reading a book or writing in a journal.

You might consider that Boo is perceived by the children to be scary. What would be some of the scary things he does? If he's not, how normal do you think he is?

What are some of the legends about him that might be true?

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