Book Review- To Kill A Mockingbird (By Harper Lee)

In eighth grade, we read To Kill A Mockingbird. I think that my teacher wanted us to read this because it contains many themes that are important for us to be aware of. -- This book is historical fiction and many aspects of it are based on the Scottsboro Boys. This book is set in …

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Is There Justice In Our Court?

Is our justice system just? 6th Amendment- "In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the state and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature …

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What Has Violence Accomplished?

“What has violence ever accomplished? What has it ever created? No martyr's cause has ever been stilled by an assassin's bullet. No wrongs have ever been righted by riots and civil disorders. A sniper is only a coward, not a hero; and an uncontrolled or uncontrollable mob is only the voice of madness, not the …

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Will you stand up? Or stand by?

Standing up or standing by -- It can be difficult to do the right thing, especially when you’re young and under the influence of others. When have you stood up for someone or for a cause? It can be small, like telling your brother to stop squishing ants, or something bigger, like volunteering for something …

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Superstition & Fantasy

Children often believe in superstitions or play games that involve dares. Did you have any childhood fantasies or create stories to explain things that frightened you? What memories do you have of dares or daring others as a kid? What do you think about your superstitions and those dares now?   Although I had trouble …

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Banned Books

Books are banned because someone deems them "unreadable" or inappropriate for various reasons. Some of the reasons books are banned are because they include people from the LGBT community, because they include violence, propaganda, racial slurs, pornographic material etc. In Language Arts, we are reading To Kill A Mockingbird. This book contains a racial slur, (the n-word,) racism, …

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Discussion Q- “No One Should Be Above The Law”

No one should be above the law. (Note: This has opinions!) -- I believe that no one should be above the laws that are just and that are there for a reason. If a law is unjust, or if laws don't protect you from someone/something, I believe that you may go ahead, and "be above …

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