Should we just let the mockingbird sing?

This week my 8th graders started one of my favorite novels of all time. To Kill a Mockingbird speaks to our curriculum's pursuit of justice theme. Every year I read about schools who won't touch the story... even a twenty-foot pole! I feel fortunate to have a school district which still supports this timeless and touching piece of literature. As a teacher, I relish the opportunity to have rich conversations in class related to tolerance, innocence, courage, conviction and coming of age. It's also offers a perfect point to bring in so many relevant and rich nonfiction pieces of text. If you have a chance to encourage your school district to keep this text in the curriculum, even if it's done through excerpts, champion that cause! After all, it's a sin to kill a mockingbird.

Does your school district still incorporate this novel? At which grade levels?

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