To Kill a Mockingbird By Harper Lee
Honors English Summer Homework
Chapter 1-11 Summaries
Scout, the main character, starts the story off by thinking back to the summer where her brother, Jem, had broken his arm. She looks back to all the things and events that lead up to this mishap. Scout introduces us to her home Maycomb, Alabama and some of its interesting townsfolk like her father Atticus Finch, Calpurnia, Dill, The Radleys, and other neighbors. Her father, Atticus, works in town as a lawyer and Calpurnia is the Finches African American housekeeper who also looks after Scout and Jem. Dill is from Meridian, Mississippi and visits his aunt every summer, Miss Rachel, who is also the Finches neighbor. The Radleys are somewhat mysterious and alienated. As Dill comes to Maycomb he sparks interest in the Radleys, beginning all of their games and schemes to attempt to make Boo Radley come outside.
Dill goes back home to Meridian in early September and Scout is very excited to go back to school. On her first day her teacher, Miss Caroline, is appalled to see Scout can read and write. It is near lunch and Miss Caroline notices everyone has his or her lunch except Walter Cunningham. Miss Caroline offers Walter money as long as he pays her back, however knowing he cannot pay her back he refuses the money. Scout then decides to speak up, explain he is a Cunningham and being poor and does not have any money. Because of Scout speaking out she is punished and must stand in the corner.
Scout is in the playground rubbing Walter’s nose in dirt, until Jem comes to stop her. Jem then finds out that Scout is doing this because of their incident in class, so Jem invites him to have lunch with their father. During lunch Scout in scolded by Calpurnia for belittling Walter’s eating habits. The next day at school Miss Caroline had an issue with Burris Ewell when he only comes for the first day of school. Because of Burris, Scout talks with Atticus to try and convince to not go to school, but doesn’t succeed.
One day on Scouts way home something shiny catches her eye. At the edge of the Radleys place she finds two pieces of gum in the knothole of a tree. Jem then reproached Scout for not only taking but also eating the gum, but she still checks the knothole everyday. On the last day of school Scout and Jem pass by the tree and find two shiny Indian head coins and decide to keep them till next school year to find their owner. Dill arrives in Maycomb two days later so he, Jem, and Scout play a new game pretending to be the Radleys, but once Atticus finds out about their game, they started to play less. When Scout was playing with Jem and Dill she accidently rolls into the Radley’s front yard, she actually hears laughing coming from the Radley house.
After Jem, Scout and Dill decide play their Radley game less frequently however, Scout starts being excluded from the boy’s plots and conversations. Because of this Scout begins to spend more time with her neighbor, Miss Maudie. During her time with Miss Maudie, Scout asks many questions about the Radleys. Then one day Jem and Dill plan to leave a letter at the Radley house asking Boo Radley to come outside. After Scout badgers the boys to tell her their plan, she insists on joining them on their plot. Dill and Scout act as lookouts as Jem tries to put the letter through the loose shutter of the Radley House. But their attempt fails when Atticus catches the children; he goes on by telling the kids to stay out of the Radleys business.
It is Dills last day of summer at his aunt’s house in Maycomb when he and Jem decide to observe the Radleys through the loose shutter at the side of the house. After Scout’s failed attempt to stop the boys, she decides to join their scheme. As they continued to spy on the house they hear a single gunshot and scramble away, attempting to get out of the Radley’s property. While...
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