Should eighth graders at CBMS be required to read To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee? Students at CBMS have been reading “To Kill A Mockingbird” in eighth grade for the past two years. The book was published in the 1960’s, and it takes place in the 1930’s during the Great Depression. Students should not be required to read To Kill A Mockingbird in eighth grade. It is is hard for eighth graders to understand; it should be required in high school, not eighth grade, and it does not have the power to inspire people the way it used to. To Kill A Mockingbird is written in old fashioned language, eighth graders have little background knowledge about its subjects, and there are many 8th grade level books just like it.
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Reading the book in high school will help students connect to more than one or two characters because they will understand the more mature points of view. As eighth graders, most students only relate to the more immature points of view so they don’t understand all of the themes that are introduced. Students also don’t have the background knowledge needed to understand the irony in the book, like when Harper Lee wrote, “ ...Robert E. Lee Ewell!”, it mentions that Mr. Ewell was named after Robert E. Lee the confederate civil war general. People who read the book in high school have said that they enjoyed it more because they understood it. Alison Ridenhower said, “I read the book in high school and I enjoyed it...I think I understood all of the themes pretty well.” Therefore, To Kill A Mockingbird should not be required until high school.
It is true that To Kill A Mockingbird won the Pulitzer Prize in 1961, but the book does not have the power to inspire CBMS eighth graders. Racism is not common in their community and, for most, does not affect them at all. Most students are not facing the problems that the characters in the book face so they can not connect to them. For example, they are not witnesses to rape trials, kids that are so poor they can’t go to school, or the worst economic downturn in U.S. history. To Kill A Mockingbird won the Pulitzer Prize because of its power to inspire people but it has lost that
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The novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, is a very controversial, yet influential book in American history. The book is based around two, sometimes three, children, and their adventures in the county in which they live. On the website vic.edu.au, the book is reviewed in depth, and one of the main points is the upbringing of children. This novel has influenced today's society by showing how neglect, cruelty, and uninterest can damage a childhood, while tolerance, reason, and compassion do more to raise a child.
There has been much controversy over whether or not the novel To Kill a Mockingbird should be banned or not. This novel teaches students about the racism and prejudice of the 1930’s resulting in why the world is the way it is, as well as many important life lessons, therefore it should be continued to be taught in schools. The novel To Kill a Mockingbird should not be banned because it teaches about life in the past and why the world is the way it is now, proving that this novel has the ability to effectively educate kids about the past and potential impact of human behaviour.
The book To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee should be read and taught in school considering the facts that it teaches the important message of learning to stand in other’s shoes, and that the reader can see the wide range of diversity such as socioeconomic status and race. In the real world, we will come across many different people with different backgrounds and views. It is easy to look at those people and think, “they are strange,” or “they don’t understand anything.” I admit, before reading this book I was insensitive to this and didn’t even realize when I looked at people and made those assumptions. This book has helped me be not so judgmental and be able to see from other people’s point of view. While some may say this book shouldn’t be taught because it is “racist” or
In this essay I will be describing and telling you whether or not To Kill A Mockingbird should or shouldn't be taught in the 9th grade. To Kill A Mockingbird is a very good and intellectual book to read. It is a winner of the pulitzer prize and a wonderful book it talks about this family(Atticus, Scout, and Jem) back in the day when black people didn't have many right and privileges. They live in a little town called birmingham Alabama, the kids father is a lawyer and is defending a black guy(Tom Robinson) that got accused of Rape. The reason for the father (Atticus)defending this man is because he knows that Tom Robinson didn’t rape this girl. Overall this book shows how you should act toward someone if you know they are not guilty even if they are black(Everyone Is Equal). So in my opinion this book should be taught in the 9th grade because it shows how white people acted toward blacks back in the day.
To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, has been challenged dozens of times because it has been claimed it does not benefit the public, but in reality, the book benefits the public more than they think. In To Kill a Mockingbird, there are very valuable lessons that are taught, but parents are too afraid to let their children learn the truth. The book still relates to today’s events and causes us to realize how similar they are. To continue, while book may have some negative points, there are more influential positive messages, and it still relates to current events.
Most the story in To Kill a Mockingbird is about a trial about a black man, Tom Robinson, being accused of raping a white woman, Mayella Ewell. There was not any evidence that Tom actually raped Mayella but since he was caught running away from the “crime scene” and he was black he was accused of rape. Mayella was not actually raped by anybody but beaten by her father when he found out that she wanted to be with a black man. Learning about the racism during the time period of the novel can help the students get a better feel for what it was like during the 1930s. Being educated about racism is important to teens because they are going to see it throughout their lives and by making them aware they are about the mistakes of the past, to not make the same mistakes in the future. Racism is a hard concept for most teens and people and by exposing teens to it early they are able fully understand the effects it has. This book is also relevant to society today because society still experiences racism and when teens are educated about it in high school they are more capable of making rational decisions about how to handle it. Racism is a touchy subject and by learning about it early in life teens will be able to get a full grasp of the effects it has on
The novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is enjoyable for anyone to read. It
The discrimination portrayed in To Kill A Mockingbird has given me an understanding of prejudice in society and how different groups are affected. In the novel, the African Americans are treated disrespectfully and have no input in the community because they have been ostracised by the Caucasians. For example, the quote, “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view . . . until you climb into his skin and walk around in it” spoken by Atticus governs Scout’s actions for the remainder of the book, demonstrating how Maycomb portrays different races is not ethical and there is no evidence showing that one race is superior to another. It shows how impressionable children are and how teaching them false truths can damage the reputation of a society, as they will share these views as they grow up.
To kill a mockingbird is an award winning best seller that has shaped and continues to shape the world with it amazing writing and technical techniques such as suspense captivating the reader and forcing them to read on compelling themes that were and will proceed to affect us as a society for along. All of this through a child's mind something we can all relate to because no matter how different we are we were all a child innocent and curious finding out about the world and its fault, seeking the truth, and struggling to grow up knowing what we have found
To kill a Mockingbird must be taught in high schools so teenagers are exposed to important themes and ideas like racial injustices and parenting roles that are still relevant today.
I personally would not make Mockingbird a choice for independent reading in my elementary classroom. After reading the book I felt that it would be most appropriate for middle school, fifth grade at the earliest. However, if I was teaching either third, fourth, or fifth grade I would make it available for students I felt could benefit from reading the book and was at the students reading and comprehension level. I would not keep Mockingbird in my library because of the themes in the book, some of those themes being loss of a loved one, social and emotional development, developing empathy, and finding closure. Students at elementary age are not able to fully comprehend certain themes because they haven’t had the experience to make the connections.
Parents, guardians and community members globally, enforce strict rules, which prevent the youth from gaining access to explicit material in hopes that their minds will not be affected by the harsh and real themes, which litter modern day arts. To kill a mockingbird has been in the firing line of censorship, since it made itself on the shelves of bookstores globally back in the 60’s. Since, schools internationally have researched the novel to learn techniques that will aid in the development of their thoughts, beliefs and skills. But now I’m standing in front of you, in hopes to solidify your beliefs to include this classic in the grade 12 curriculums, not just for educational purposes but to aid in the development of the future generations thoughts
This novel was the first to ever get me so interested, that I couldn’t wait to read it. In sixth grade I had to read it for my class and I didn’t really understood it until I had to read it again my freshman year in English. The book was kind of a blur to my head so when I read it again, it felt as if I had never read it, although there were some small parts that I remembered. I was fascinated in the hidden meanings it had. The teacher would make us write essays about it, and I had so much to say about it. He would ask us questions like “why did they name the novel, How to kill a Mockingbird”? The questions made me think, and had me wide awake, studying every word that I would read. Unfortunately, this novel was challenged by many parents and groups. The people challenging this novel did not agree with the language or story of it. Nicholas J. Karolides, Maragaret Bald and Dawn B Sova state
To Kill a Mockingbird, is a novel being read in several high schools throughout the country, but what is the importance of this novel to American students today? As well as, are the factors that are expressed in this novel beneficial to students everyday lives? Throughout the course of the book, Scout's perspective on things drastically change. After she experiences or learns from past events, she begins to see people, and the world differently. Through all of the doubts, misjudgements, and assumptions given towards other characters, there are lessons brought forth with them, that don't just teach Scout but the reader as well. To Kill a Mockingbird provides unique characteristics, that could inform and teach students of today's day and age.
The fictional narrator’s father Atticus become a moral hero for many readers . This book gives good lessons about tolerance and equality .Despite it’s popularity, some readers do not like the way Negros appeared in the novel. To Kill a Mockingbird won the Pulitzer prize and has become a classic of modern America that it went to win three Oscar awards in 1962 when it became to be a classic movie and a classic of modern America