You might not realize it, but social distancing has been our own version of the Hero's Journey, with which we started the year. We left our status quo to the special world, battled several obstacles, and are hopefully returning to our status quo, but upgraded. With that in mind, what are some aspects, either personal or societal, that might/should change as we emerge from this pandemic? Explain your reasoning.
Covid-19 has upended the world and changed societal norms and the way we interact. It also has had a profound impact on teenagers and young adults. Read this article. What are some takeaways? Can you relate to any of the struggles mentioned? Do we have it easier or harder when it comes to social isolation than teenagers living in a larger urban center? Explain.
What did you learn about competitive debate from the film, The Great Debaters? Discuss some similarities between the film and To Kill a Mockingbird.
Discuss some similarities and differences between the book and movie of To Kill a Mockingbird. Why do you think they made some of the changes? What was similar to or different from how you imagined it?
"He was still holding my hand and he gave no sign of letting me go. ‘Will you take me home?’ He almost whispered it, in the voice of a child afraid of the dark.”
Discuss the ending of To Kill a Mockingbird. What is the climax? What stood out to you? What did you find surprising? What lessons does Scout learn at the end? What are some themes/messages from the book that remain relevant today?
"Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit 'em, but remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird"
The mockingbird is a powerful symbol in the novel, obviously. Who are some "mockingbirds" who do no harm (and maybe even do good), yet are "killed" in some way? Use examples from the text to justify your opinion.
In Chapter 21, we learn the verdict of the trial. What is the "truth" in the verdict? What is the justice in it? What does the verdict say about the people in the novel and society as a whole?
What are some other examples of injustice in the world right now or in recent history? Be specific.
Weekly Literary Quote
"People moved slowly then. They ambled across the square, shuffled in and out of the stores around it, took their time about everything. A day was twenty-four hours long but seemed longer. There was no hurry, for there was nowhere to go, nothing to buy and no money to buy it with."
-Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird
People frequently complain about not having the time they need to do the things they want. Well, we have been gifted the opportunity of unexpected additional time. So, I would like you to do something this week that you have been wanting to do for a while and then report back to us what it was you did and what the experience was like. In other words, I am challenging you to make the most out of your time this week and do something meaningful.
5 sentence minimum for primary response
2 peer responses of at least 1 FULL sentence
Responses due by 8 pm on Sunday
Weekly Literary Quote
“’I wish it need not have happened in my time,’ said Frodo. ‘So do I,’ said Gandalf, ‘and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.’”
What are your thoughts and feelings at the moment about our current situation of social distancing? What are some struggles and disappointments you are dealing with? Are there any positives or ways to make the most of "the time that is given us"?
Daily Literary Quote
“The heart of an Irishman is nothing but his imagination”
― George Bernard Shaw
Read this article about the history of St. Patrick's Day, and discuss what you learned. What are some interesting facts? Why do we celebrate St. Patrick's Day in the United States?