Research is fun and exciting when it is engaging and encourages us to think critically and creatively. It is hoped that through the inquiry method of research eighth grade honors Literature students will be able to consider that using primary sources will help us respond to these essential questions about To Kill a Mockingbird:

1. How can people choose to overcome prejudice and arrive at tolerance?
2. To what extent does power or the lack of power affect individual choice?
3. What allows some individuals to take a stand against prejudice/oppression while others choose to participate in it?
4. How do we make decisions about what we relate and what we omit in our own histories?
5. How does To Kill a Mockingbird frame issues of courage and cowardice against the backdrop of the American South in the 1930s?
6. How does this historical novel remain relevant today?
Gayle Greenwald,
Dec 1, 2012, 9:04 AM