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ERIC Number: EJ1017436
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Mar
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0013-8274
Using "To Kill a Mockingbird" as a Conduit for Teaching about the School-to-Prison Pipeline
Maher, Steffany Comfort
English Journal, v102 n4 p45-52 Mar 2013
The author primarily teaches traditional high school English texts in a largely white, middle-class school, but the method she uses allows her to address important issues relevant to students. One unit she teaches is an investigation of the criminal justice system and a variety of issues related to the school-to-prison pipeline. A crucial text that she uses to teach this is "To Kill a Mockingbird." Her goal is to have students relate to issues inherent in the text on a deep and personal level. She wants these relatively privileged young people to become more socially, historically, and culturally aware. To fully explore the school-to-prison pipeline dilemma, the author divides the text into four relevant cultural studies issues, each of which speaks to this crisis in its own way: single parent homes, lynching and racial discrimination, the criminal justice system, and poverty. She also teaches the novel in conjunction with a range of print and visual texts, which add to the richness of the project.
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Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A