Plants in 'To Kill a Mockingbird'
Web resources for creating a Multimedia Scrapbook on The Plants in
created by A L Janzen
Plants in the Mockingbird sounds dull as dirt, doesn't it? Well it is, sort of. But I spent a lot of time reading the book and wondering what scuppernongs and collards looked like. To answer my own questions, I searched the net, high and low and found...a lot of plants. Some of them are pretty plants too.
Keep this question in mind as you work:
How does knowing more about the plants in the book change the way you picture Maycomb?
- Explore the Internet sites linked below. You're looking for facts, quotes, examples, images, sound clips, videos, and animations that you think are important aspects of the topic.
- When you find something you like, check its Web page for a copyright notice. Often, students are encouraged to copy things that will only be used in the classroom. Sometimes people don't want their work copied at all. A good practice is looking for an e-mail link on the page and then using it to ask permission.
- Copy any text you want by dragging across the words, then using the Edit - Copy command on the menubar. Paste what you highlighted into a basic text editor, word processor, desktop publishing program or multimedia program.
- Save images you like by downloading them. Paste the images you've downloaded into a multimedia, paint or desktop publishing program (like HyperStudio, Clarisworks, or PageMaker) or use one of the graphics viewers listed as Tools on this page to display your collection of images.
- Be prepared to cut anything that copyright owners tell you they don't want you to have.
- Once you have collected your information, go over it carefully so that you can give clear and thoughtful reasons why you found the things you collected especially important.
The Internet Resources
- General about Camellias
- 'Thought you could kill my Snow-on-the-Mountain, did you?' (pg. 110)
- Camellia Picture-Optional
- 'Jem opened the box. Inside, surrounded by wads of damp cotton, was a white, waxy, perfect camellia. It was a Snow-on-the-Mountain.' (pg. 111)
- Rhododendrons and azaleas
- 'You'd better go home, I'll be in my azaleas and can't watch you.' (Miss Maudie, pg. 91)
- More Azaleas
- 'Jem and I had always enjoyed the free run of Miss Maudie's yard if we kept out of her azaleas.' (pg. 42)
- Picture of a Calla Lily
- About Calla Lilies
- 'There's some thriftburied under the snow near the porch. Don't step on it.' (Miss Maudie, pg. 65)
- 'My memory came alive to see Mrs. Radley occaisionally open the front door, walk to the edge of the porch and pour water on her cannas.' (pg.11)
- The Amazing Story of Kudzu
- A site with some good links about kudzu, as well as photographs and other cool stuff.
- Nut Grass
- 'Why, one sprig of nut grass can ruin a whole yard.' (Miss Maudie, pg. 42)
- Rabbit Tobacco
- Johson grass grows in the Radley's front yard, see Johnson Grass for the quote from the book.
- Johnson Grass
- 'a 'swept' yard that was never swept--where johson grass and rabbit tobacco grew on abundance.'(pg. 9)
- A General Description of Pecan Trees
- In November, when Tom Robinson was charged with the rape of Mayella Ewell, he was coming from work at Mr. Link Deas farm. In his testimony, he mentioned that Mr. Deas had a 'Lot of pecan trees'n things.' (pg. 190)
- 'Do you smell my mimosa? It's like angels' breath this evening.' (Miss Maudie, pg. 43)
- 'Jeremy Finch, Maudie Atkinson told me you broke down her scuppernong arbor this morning.She's going to tell your father and then you'll wish you never saw the light of day!' (Mrs. Dubose, pg. 101)
- 'Don't get in a row of collards whatever you do, they'll wake the dead.'(Jem, pg. 52)
- 'With Christmas came a crate of smilax and holly.' (pg.20/21)
- Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
- Get definitions to many words quickly.
- Roget's Thesaurus
- Find words that have similar meanings to words you run across.
- Grabbing Web Images
- Follow a friendly step-by-step tutorial on how to grab images from the Web.
- Software for image management
- Software for image management
- Multimedia authorware used at many schools. Check out the Website for support, ideas, and the Netscape Plug-In
- Thousands of software programs you may want to download and use.
- Free Web Tutorials
- Create your own web pages, learn to program, whatever...
Content by A L Janzen, firstname.lastname@example.org
Last revised Sun Dec 7 12:45:04 US/Pacific 2003