In eighth grade, my English class read To Kill a Mockingbird. I knew the story because of seeing a local theatre production the year before, but reading the book was life changing for me. I remember that unit very vividly because it was near the end of the year, and I wanted to share some memories.
- •My teacher was very enthusiastic about this book, and she offered us a lot of opportunities to show our creativity in different ways as we read and to gain extra credit points.
- •One of those extra credit opportunities was to make a dish from the book. My friend Emily and I made Miss Maudie's Lane Cake. We made a big one and three little ones. The little ones went to three students who played Jem, Scout, and Dill during our reenactment of the trial.
- •We reenacted the trial and each of us volunteered to play a part. My friend Megan played Scout, and I volunteered to play Mayella. I studied my lines immensely, and I played that role from the heart. My teacher told me later that she would never forget my performance.
- •After we finished the book, we got to watch the movie starring Gregory Peck. It was such an eye-opening and beautiful film.
- •To kill a mockingbird is still one of my favorite books to this day! I own multiple copies, had a case of a cover for my iPhone until it broke, and still quote passages of the book to this day.