This group will use Harper Lee’s classic novel to study the Great Depression, race relations during the Jim Crow era, and the beginning of the American civil rights movement. We’ll talk about race and class inequality in American history, how our circumstances impact our point of view, and the consequences of standing apart from the crowd.
There are two levels of participation for this group:
Level 1 – Read the novel outside of class (3-4 chapters a week)
Level 2 – Read the novel outside of class, and do additional assignments each week including journaling, watching related films or videos, answering discussion questions, completing additional short readings, and writing short papers which will be returned to you with feedback. Students who complete Level 2 can and should consider this the equivalent of a semester of high school English and a semester of high school history. Please keep this in mind as you schedule your other academic commitments for the semester.
- All students will have access to the course web site with all the assignments listed, regardless of which level you elect to take.
- You may change your level of participation at any time: level “up” if you find the subject interesting; level “down” if you find it competes with other priorities.
- For those who complete the full course at Level 2, the facilitator will write you a letter at the end of the semester, which you can include in your college portfolio, describing your participation. Your work won’t be graded, but if it’s strong, this letter will be an important contribution to your high school transcript.
Suggested age range: High school. Students should be mature enough to read the book itself and to discuss the themes it covers. To Kill a Mockingbird has been taught successfully with students as young as 7th grade, but parents of younger students may wish to read (or re-read) the novel before deciding if it is appropriate for your child.
When & where: Fridays at Voyagers in Acton from 12:30-2:00, Sept. 18-Dec. 11, 2015
Fee: $200 for the semester. $10 discount for Voyagers members. Payment plans available. Fees waived for families with financial need.
Photo credit: Harper Klebart