My students need a set of To Kill A Mocking Bird for our next whole class novel.
My students are a group of 35 motivated sixth grade readers who enjoy reading all types of genres, including graphic novels, nonfiction, mystery and drama. As a class, our goal is to read four novels together, aside from the books the students are reading on their own. We're seeking classroom reading sets of classic books that discuss diversity and culture throughout the United States. My students are part of an energetic, Latin community in the Belmont Cragin neighborhood in Chicago, Illinois, from Mary Lyon School. This year, I will have the opportunity to teach several siblings and relatives of previous students I've taught.
Room 205 at Mary Lyon School is a group of advanced readers who are interested in reading classic novels. We've already read a couple of excerpts from To Kill A Mockingbird and the kids have shown interest in reading the entire book. While this novel is typically read in high school, my sixth graders have the maturity and desire to read a book at this high level. This book will help introduce them to new vocabulary, colloquialism and an understanding of what it was like to grow up in the south during the 1930s. While the students are very familiar with the Civil Rights Movement, they have not read much about events that took place leading up to this time period in history. This book would help give them some background knowledge and also introduce them to a brilliant writer such as Harper Lee.
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