Coffee, Books, Reflection
Discussing Tom Robinson's Trial...
Today, my students are using the iceberg approach to discuss why Tom Robinson received a guilty verdict in TKAM. They're working in small groups & getting so animated about their discussion. I'm a proud peacock teacher today, that's for sure. Here are some of the truly awesome & intelligent things I've overheard today:
"It's only a fair trial if you're fair skinned."
S1: "Imagine if this happened today." S2: "Ever heard of Ferguson, MO?"
"If she doesn't know what love is, why does she think Tom would love her?"
"Bob Ewell was a drunk and probably raped his own daughter. Why would any jury believe him?"
"[Mayella] doesn't fit in anywhere. She was too privileged & white to fit in with blacks, she was too poor to be white."
"The Cunninghams are not as white trash as they seem -- he did hold out in favor of doing the right thing. He just gave in to too much pressure from the other racists on the jury."
"Well, imagine if both of these people were white and white trash. That would be a totally different story."
"I don't think Aunt Alexandra is racist. I think she is so worried about being popular she can't be who she wants to be."
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Kari teaches English I to 9th graders (!) and other electives in rural Iowa. Her husband is also an English teacher, and their friends have sworn to never help them move again because "even libraries don't have that many books."