Reading “To Kill a Mockingbird”

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.