Growing up plays an important role throughout the book To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. By the end of Part One, Jem is much more responsible and understanding than the beginning of the book. He has begun to set goals; he strives to ascertain what it takes to be a “gentleman” like his father, despite the temptations he meets. He’s learned to respect and avoid the Radley house and its inhabitants and ignore Scout’s asinine fights. He also slightly understands why Atticus wasn’t proud of his shot with a gun and why he didn’t tell his children for such a long time. However, Jem still has much to learn. To fully comprehend the reason for Atticus’s secrecy, he had to see the face of courage itself – in the form of Mrs. Dubose – and have Atticus explain the meaning of courage to him.
In her own strange way, Scout has grown up as well. She now calmly deals with everyone else’s disapprobation of her, and only gets into a fight if it’s with her family, namely Francis. She silently observes and puzzles over her brother’s, Jem’s, troubles. Scout also struggles to learn as much as she can from the people around her.
I believe that the children will continue to grow and mature throughout the rest of the book. I think that by the end of the book, they will have much more knowledge and a greater comprehension of life than I ever had at their age, or even have now.
A few weeks ago, my Language Arts teacher, Mrs. Gates, announced to my class that we were going to make E-portfolios showcasing our work from class. The purpose of the E-portfolio was to get used to working on a website, to present our work to the world, and to reflect upon our own compositions. I soon got started on posting my work and reflections about projects I did in class. In the reflections, I had to write what the project was, what I did well, what was difficult, what I learned, and anything else that I wanted to say about the assignment. I think that I did very well on my evaluations, even though they took a lot of time, and I learned a lot about how I write from them.
I also had to write a paragraph about myself, which is on the "About Me" page. For me, this was the hardest part. I'm always terrible at writing self-evaluations; I can't see myself from someone else's eyes. Therefore, writing it really helped me learn more about myself. Overall, I've really enjoyed this project, despite the difficulties, and am very glad I did it.