To Kill a Mockingbird deals directly with issues of race, gender and equality in the United States. To further explore these topics, complete the following:
1. To Kill a Mockingbird has been a source of significant controversy since being the subject of classroom study as early as 1963. The book's racial slurs, profanity, and frank discussion of assault have led people to challenge its appropriateness in libraries and classrooms across America. The American Library Association reported that To Kill a Mockingbird was #41 of the 100 most frequently challenged books of 1990–2000. Why do you feel the novel has and continues to cause such upheaval? Does it belong in the classroom? Why or why not?
2. Visit Mr. Barth's blog and read his post entitled "Despite the Warnings...". Offer a comment to Mr. Barth's post.
3. To Kill a Mockingbird was written and published amidst the most significant and conflict-ridden social change in the South since the Civil War and Reconstruction. Despite its mid-1930s setting the story voices the conflicts, tensions, and fears induced by this transition. Research the dawn of the civil rights movement and identify and describe 3 specific events which you feel motivated Harper Lee to develop such a socially-conscious book. Make sure you read all published posts to avoid duplicate responses.