My middle school doesn’t offer an honors language arts class, so all students are grouped together in regular classes. The challenge as a teacher is to meet the needs of the ELL and SPED students reading well below grade level as well as the ALP students capable of reading high school literature.
This past year I decided to offer a lunchtime book club for my advanced 8th graders using the novel To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. I figured if students were asked to read it again in high school they would benefit from a closer examination, and if they didn’t read it later (my son’s high school skipped it), they would at least have some exposure. I thought the book’s social issues about injustice would be easy to connect with contemporary issues in society….