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Cbmings 8th Grade

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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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