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.
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. After we finished the book, we got to watch the movie starring Gregory Peck. It was such an eye-opening and beautiful film.
  5. 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.