Archiving To Kill a Mockingbird

My biggest struggle in this class and with DH (whatever it is right now) is how can I use this in my class of 14-15 year old students. Archiving is something that I could use with my students, much like Rice and Rice describe in their chapter.

I am thinking of framing the archive in this way:

Purpose: to inform your audience of how To Kill a Mockingbird is relevant today by finding the theme in today’s life and metaphors for characters and events.

Audience: next trimester’s students who will then discuss ethos, pathos, and logos in the videos, pictures, articles, etc. in the archive as a pre-reading activity.

Since To Kill a Mockingbird has this “timeless” quality to it, it would be interesting to see if over time, the things students associate with it also have temporal endurance. I think that the archive they build will also show the book’s temporal endurance, and having students argue the rhetoric behind the archive contributions would be a great experience for them. It’s more than words on page, though that will still be a component of the project.

I definitely want students to be conducting interview with people, especially regarding the themes behind the book. My goal is that students do not go and look for things that have already been associated with TKAM, but to make new connections. For example, students would be interviewing people about courage and then arguing the connections between the interview and TKAM.

I am so excited about this project, and have my work cut out for me. I need to figure out a platform that could sustain a longterm project, has enough storage, and is still easy enough for students to figure out how to edit the pages. I also need to figure out how I want to organize the archive.

Another awesome thing about this project: I have the other 10B teachers on board, like really supportive with this project.


2 thoughts on “Archiving To Kill a Mockingbird”

  1. Geneva, this sounds awesome! I’m so excited for you AND that you got the other teachers on board with you! I really think that you’re going to be surprised how much leverage this gives you in other discussions with your colleagues once they start to recognize the great things you’re doing in your class. I’ve also been thinking a lot about using temporary archiving in my FYW class; I think I’ll be “borrowing” some of your ideas!


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