Now that you've read To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, you might have a basis to look at it crically! It is considered a great classic in literary circles. What do you think? What is a classic? Would you call this book a classic? Why or why not?

Current Knowledge

As a group, create a paper. On the top of the paper, write a definition of a classic, in the literary sense. What makes a book a "classic?" Then, together, compose two lists. One list should be reasons why the book, To Kill a Mockingbird, should be considered a classic. The other list should be reasons why it might not be considered a classic. Consider all of the discussions we have had in class, or with others. Together, make each list with at least 6-10 items.

Learning Needs

Look at your lists and decide if your reasons are based on scholarly issues. Make any changes necessary.

Information Sources

Now take a look at the following sites: You may divide the list, but each member of the group should view at least 3 or 4 of these sites.

Is To Kill a Mockingbird over-rated?
Mockinbird critique
Mockingbird - a classic
Mockingbird discussion
Mockingbird historical setting
Mockingbird - legal issues and Atticus
Mockingbird - negative
Mockingbird - pros
Mockingbird pros and cons

Information Seeking

Each member of the group should be prepared to add at least two points to each list.


With your group discuss the new information that you have found. Create a new and improved paper with the definition and two lists. Consider how your paper has changed. Why did it change?


Decide where you stand as a group. Is To Kill a Mockingbird justly considered a "classic?"

Closing the Loop

Designate one person as your spokesman. This person will present your conclusion to the class.