Students in 8th Grade Language Arts will be reading Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. This American classic explores the trials of growing up, prejudice, and courage. The innocence of eight-year-old tomboy Scout Finch fades as she encounters racism and ignorance in the Depression-torn South. Please note that this novel contains language that reflects the racially divided climate during the 1930s. This book is divided into two lengthy sections, a southern drama and a courtroom drama. It will be important that your child read any assigned reading for homework within the time-frame given, to ensure the ability for your student to participate during class discussions and learning activities. A large amount of the reading of this text will be assigned as homework. I strongly encourage you to ask your child questions to ensure his/her understanding of the text.
For this unit students will learn, practice, and master the following skills:
1. Complete the reading of TKM with an understanding of the setting and cultural factors, and differing perspectives impacting the characters.
2. Recognize how ethical principles, values, and morals can help a person live a meaningful and successful life.
3. Evaluate characters and situations in order to better understand character motivation and understand characterization.
4. Identify and support a theme from a novel.
5. Recognizing symbolism.
6. Summarize and synthesize reading material.