The Pursuit of Justice Teacher Guide
Author(s): COLLEGE OF WILLIAM & MARY
This unit is about the path man has taken in his desire for justice. Students will explore the South of the 1930s in the perennial classic To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee; they will also read some of her short stories and essays that have intrigued readers. The plight of the Little Rock Nine becomes a first person account in Warriors Don't Cry by Melba Pattillo Beals. Students will read the primary source newspapers of the day to get other perspectives on how the fight for civil rights and integration shook the nation. They will also travel the path of the migrant ranch hand in John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men. Students will also have a chance to examine poetry, songs, essays, and art that portray "the pursuit of justice." Vocabulary and grammar will align with the readings. Opportunities to research, write expository pieces, and creative meaning for themselves are abundant in this unit.