Scout is unusal for a first grader because:

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Scout is unusual for a first grader because she is literate, can write in cursive, and is very articulate for her age. Unlike her peers, Scout can read and write fluently, which is something that upsets her inexperienced teacher, Miss Caroline. During one of their first class activities, Miss Caroline...

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Scout is unusual for a first grader because she is literate, can write in cursive, and is very articulate for her age. Unlike her peers, Scout can read and write fluently, which is something that upsets her inexperienced teacher, Miss Caroline. During one of their first class activities, Miss Caroline has Scout read most of My First Reader and the stock market quotations from the newspaper to prove that she is literate. Miss Caroline attempts to dissuade Scout from reading at home with her father, which causes her much anxiety. Similar to Atticus, Scout has an affinity for literature and learned to read by sitting on her father's lap while she followed along as he read the newspaper or any other piece of literature. Scout also demonstrates her advanced academic skills by writing a note to Dill in cursive, which also gets her into trouble with Miss Caroline. While the other first grade students struggle to print the letters of the alphabet, Scout writes fluently with ease. Overall, Scout is unusual for a first grader because she is literate, writes fluently, and is by far the most academically advanced student in her class.

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Scout is far ahead of all the other first graders in her class because her father, Atticus, taught her to read several years before. Scout couldn't remember not knowing how to read, especially the hymns sung "in the long hours of church." She had also been "wallowing illicitly in the daily papers." She and Atticus read together every night, so it had come second nature to her. Additionally, Calpurnia had taught Scout to write in cursive (which many students don't learn till third grade), so Scout truly was way ahead of the rest of Miss Caroline's first graders. Scholastic skills aside, Scout is also pretty tough and has no qualms about picking (and winning) fights with the boys in her class.

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