To Reflect on Mockingbird

Learning Targets:

  • Make connections between and draw conclusions about a text and the social, cultural, and political situation of the time in which it was written and published.
  • Make connections between and draw conclusions about a text and the social, cultural, and political situation of the time in which it is currently being read.
  • Use and cite specific evidence and examples to support my ideas.
  • Apply vocabulary words to my own writing, demonstrating my knowledge of the nuances in word meanings.
  • Adhere to the 8th grade American Studies writing non-negotiables. (Dr. Walczak will not read and evaluate essays that do not meet the writing non-negotiables. Your essay will simply be returned to you, and you will not receive credit for any of the learning targets.)

NOTE: Because we are so close to the end of the school year…

  1. Late work will not be accepted.
  2. You will NOT have the opportunity to reassess this work. Ensure that you hit the learning targets on the draft you submit for evaluation.

Now that you have closely read and analyzed power passages in To Kill a Mockingbird and extensively explored the Civil Rights Movement, it’s time to merge these units of study together.

Your last learning experience for To Kill a Mockingbird is to write a short essay that addresses the following questions. To practice brevity, your essay must be succinct, making a clear claim and supporting the claim with evidence in no more than two typed pages (12 pt TNR font; double-spaced). Your essay should have a clear introduction and conclusion. Each paragraph should have a distinct topic sentence and should flow into the next paragraph with a definite transition.

Questions:

  • How does To Kill a Mockingbird relate to and reflect the social, cultural, and political situation of the time in which it was written and published, meaning the Civil Rights Era? To Kill a Mockingbird has often been referred to as “the right book at the right time.” What do you think of that description? Was Mockingbird the right book to be published in 1960, awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1961, and made into an Academy Award winning film in 1962? Why or why not?
  • Why should we continue to read this novel today, well over 50 years after its publication? How does this novel relate and reflect the social, cultural, and political situation of the time in which we are currently reading it? How does it speak to us, our lives, our communities, and our country today?

Support your ideas with specific evidence and examples. If you use outside sources, be sure to create a Works Cited page in MLA format. Use NoodleTools. Use credible, unbiased sources only.

Because this is reflective writing, your voice may be more conversational and less academic. However, your writing skills, mechanics, and conventions must still be solid. See the Conventions webpage for help and be sure to ask questions!

Finally, within your essay, please use at the very minimum ten vocabulary words from this year. Please note — your vocabulary word usage needs to be seamless and successful. Use the words because they mean what you are attempting to communicate. Do not “force” words into sentences where they don’t truly work or make sense. Bold, highlight, or underline vocabulary words, please.

Submit only a GoogleDoc on GoogleClassroom. Do not submit any other format (Word, Pages, pdf, etc.)

Click here for the GoogleDoc of this learning experience.

Due: Tuesday, May 30 for ALL sections.