Freshmen: To Kill a Mockingbird—So What?

Having just finished To Kill a Mockingbird, we will spend our short, pre-Thanksgiving week thinking about the importance of this novel. On Monday, we will extend the thinking done in small groups on Friday as we engage in a whole group discussion of the conclusion of the book and the themes. Students will also consider Boo’s perspective (walk around in his skin!) as they re-write the end of the book from his perspective. On Tuesday, students will read their first piece of literary criticism, applying the claim-evidence-reasoning (C-E-R) model to this new text. This article, “Why Scout?,” analyzes the role of gender in the book. When we return from break, we will begin our theme essay, so over break, students might begin to consider a theme that is of interest to them. I will officially introduce the essay and lead students through pre-writing on Monday after break.

Parents, how can you help?

  • Talk with your child about why classics matter. Should students be required to read books written decades ago? What might be the benefits? The limitations?
  • Enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday with your family! I’m thankful for all you do to support your child’s learning at home!