Girl in Translation

Mr. Scoggins Character Analysis

Mr. Scoggins is one of Kim's teachers her first year at Harrison Prep. He is intent on teaching his students about current events and instructs them to either read their parents' newspapers or speak to their parents about current news. He seems unable to grasp that Kim can't afford newspapers and fails his assignments and quizzes because of this, though he does allow her to make up her failing grade at the end of the term.
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Mr. Scoggins Character Timeline in Girl in Translation

The timeline below shows where the character Mr. Scoggins appears in Girl in Translation. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Six
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Kim spends her day attempting to stay away from the bullies. Her Social Studies teacher, Mr. Scoggins , tells them that they'll need to keep up with current events and stock prices,... (full context)
Seven
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...and is merciless and cruel. In classes, Kim still struggles to keep up, especially in Mr. Scoggins 's class. He doesn't understand why Kim can't watch the news every night or read... (full context)
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...the end of the year, Kim is doing well in every class but Social Studies. Mr. Scoggins allows her to write a paper to make up her failed current events quizzes. As... (full context)