To Kill A Mockingbird

1.       Show book trailer: To Kill a Mockingbird book trailer.

 2.       Read and analyze “Killing the Mockingbird: Historical and Contemporary Efforts to Ban Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird” by Nicholas Patler (literary analysis of To Kill a Mockingbird). You can access the article online. While challenging, this literary analysis essay provides a great deal of contextual knowledge about the novel and provides a real-world example of this style of writing.
MLA citation for the article:
Patler, Nicholas. “Killing the Mockingbird: Historical and Contemporary Efforts to Ban Harper Lee’s To Kill AMockingbird.” Weblog
post. Nicholaspatlers Weblog. N.p., 28 July 2009. Web. 14 May 2013
Here are a couple of  “Crash Course” videos by John Green on the book. They are simply fantastic.
Race, Class, and Gender in To Kill a Mockingbird:

8th Grade Summer Reading

1. Hero’s Journey
a)     Overview to introduce the hero’s journey.
b)     TED-Ed  four minute video that succinctly introduces the patterns in literature and in our lives relative to the hero’s journey (Joseph Campbell)
2Archetypes Overview

3. J. R. R. Tolkien 
a)     Biography and Facts
b)     BrainPOP video

4. The Hobbit
a)      Movie trailer for The Hobbit.
b)      Blog posts

Summer Reading Links 2013

Book trailer for all of the Lone Star 2013 titles

OverDrive:    Many of the reading selections can be checked out as e-books through FISD’s OverDrive site!


Click on the “Explore” pull-down, and review available titles under “PreAP/AP Summer Reading List Titles”and “Classic eBooks.”



Summer Reading: Anne Frank


Created by: Lynnette Johnson Views: 1479 Steps: 8 Learners: 4 Updated: March 21

Description: Use this playlist to see a timeline of events affecting the Frank family, explore a 3D Secret Annex, find out more about the people who hid there, learn what happened to the occupants after their arrest, watch Otto Frank talk about the publishing of his daughter Anne’s diary, and discover what happened to your “Forget Me Not” child.

2012-2013 GT ILA Novel List

6th Grade

The View from Saturday by E.L. Koinsberg

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle

Crispin: Cross of Lead by Avi



7th Grade

Downsiders by Neal Shusterman

The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton or Tangerine by Edward Bloor

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain



8th Grade

Anne Frank Remembered by Miep Gies

The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy

Peace Like a River by Lief Enger

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas

The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare