I need help writing a report from Atticus' point of view on any topic in To Kill a Mockingbird.I'm supposed to write a report from Atticus' point of view and I have no idea what to write about....

I need help writing a report from Atticus' point of view on any topic in To Kill a Mockingbird.

I'm supposed to write a report from Atticus' point of view and I have no idea what to write about.  I have no idea where to start or what to write about.

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

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This assignment is wonderfully broad, which means you can choose an idea based on the parts of the story you most understand and most enjoy.  The best way to get started on this assignment is to brainstorm some ideas and see which ones stick out to you as something you think you could write about.  There are two very important things to keep in mind as you write this report.  First, you must understand and convey Atticus' attitude and character.  Second, you must be true to events in the story and include details which show you understand what you are reading.  That said, it is a creative writing assignment, which means you are also allowed a little bit of creative license to include things like thoughts and feelings or details which are based on inferences.  Remember, Scout is not present at all of the things her father does, so you might include details she would not have included.

If you were a student in my class, I would suggest you start by creating two lists.  Make one list all about Atticus' characteristics as a father, an attorney, and a citizen.  The second list should be a list of ideas or scenes from the book that Atticus is part of, on which you might like to further explore.  You may use the following examples to help you get started on each list.  

Atticus' Characteristics:

  • honest, straightforward, matter-of-fact
  • patient in teaching lessons
  • patient in dealing with his enemies and his children
  • wise but fair: a good listener
  • thoughtful: a man of many thoughts but few words

Potential Topics for Report:

  • Atticus' thoughts on Scout's first day of school
  • Mrs. Dubose's attitude and Jem destroying her flowers
  • the day Dill shows up under the bed
  • the trial
  • telling Mrs. Robinson that her husband is dead

Add several more ideas of your own.  Finally, select a scene or a circumstance to write about, and use the list of characteristics to remind you of who Atticus is and consider what he would have thought and said.  Keep in mind that the story is told from Scout's perspective.  It might help you to imagine you were her mother or father.  As she retells the details of each day, try to imagine how a parent might react.  Keep in mind that many parents keep a stern face when trying to teach a lesson, but are secretly laughing at many things their children say and do.  Have fun with this, and good luck.

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