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GO SET A WATCHMAN
Transcript of GO SET A WATCHMAN
By Harper Lee
Journal Entry: Many of you are probably going to go away to college and eventually leave home for good to pursue a career. Imagine you are coming home to visit from college, or your future home. What kinds of things do you expect will change while you are gone? What things do you expect will be the same?
Beyond "To Kill a Mockingbird:" The Lost Novel of Harper Lee
When was this novel written?
How was it discovered?
What town is “Maycomb” really?
What kinds of things were going on in the world when the book was written?
How certain are we that Harper Lee wanted this particular piece published? How do we know?
What are your expectations about the book based on the predictions of her friends and the people who worked on the novel?
Reviewing "To Kill a Mockingbird"
Discuss the characters, setting and themes of the book.
What was the general plot outline? What happened?
Activism and Social Change
Is it happening too fast, or too slow?
Consider our most recent issues:
Police Shootings (Ferguson)
Gay Rights/Gay Marriage
Church Shooting and Confederate Flag
Many Ways to Make a Change
“That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”
--Congress, July 4, 1776,
Declaration of Independence
: There are many ways to make positive social change in a community or the world. Most often, it is the large-scale, most dramatic forms of intervention that grab our attention. However, there are many other tools that promote awareness, educate, influence, and even protest social inequality. The key is to know what they are and when it is appropriate and even necessary to use them.
: In small groups, research forms of effective activism used in the U.S. and across the world. Create a PowerPoint presentation that explains the method, its history and effectiveness, and recommends how it should be used.
Brainstorm a list of options as a class based on initial research, then assign a group to each.
Who or what is the watchman?
What is the message of the novel?
What did Jean Louise learn through the course of the novel?
Why is racism "incidental" to this particular story?
To consider after reading the novel...
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