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To Kill a Mockingbird Essential Questions



OPTION # 1: To what extent is the United States of America still suffering from “Maycomb’s usual disease”? In what ways is racism still a cause of societal problems? In what ways is it an effect of our practices, policies, or politics? Find and evaluate an argument that attempts to answer any of these questions.

Profiling Obama
Keller, Bill. "Profiling Obama." New York Times 29 July 2013: A17(L). Student Resources In Context. Web. 8 Nov. 2013.

Is Obama Making It Worse?
Samuels, Andrew Romano And Allison. "Is Obama making it worse?" Newsweek 18 Apr. 2012: 40. Opposing Viewpoints In Context. Web. 8 Nov. 2013.

Islam in America; Surge in Hate Crimes Followed by US Targeting of Muslim, Arab Men
Abdelkarim, Z., Riad.. "Islam in America; Surge in Hate Crimes Followed by Official U.S. Targeting of Muslim, Arab Men." Washington Report on Middle East Affairs. 30 Apr. 2003: p 51. eLibrary. Web. 08 Nov. 2013.

The Unravelling of Affirmative Action
Sander, Richard, and Stuart Taylor Jr. "The Unraveling of Affirmative Action." Wall Street Journal. 13 Oct 2012: C.1. SIRS Issues Researcher.Web. 08 Nov 2013.

Race-Mongering Proves Left is Losing
"Race-Mongering Proves Left Is Losing." Investor's Business Daily 8 Oct. 2013: A12.Student Resources in Context. Web. 12 Nov. 2013

Behind the Roar of Political Debates, Whispers of Race Persist
Harwood, John. "Behind the Roar of Political Debates, Whispers of Race Persist."New York Times 31 Oct. 2013: A17(L). Student Resources in Context. Web. 12 Nov. 2013.

When Barry Became Barack
Bartholet, Jeffrey. "When Barry Became Barack." Newsweek Vol. 151, No. 13. 31 Mar 2008: 25-32. SIRS Issues Researcher. Web. 12 Nov 2013.


Colorlines: White Lies
Lang, Joel. "Colorlines: White Lies." Hartford Courant (Hartford, CT). 28 Jun 1998: Mag. Sec. 8-16. SIRS Issues Researcher. Web. 12 Nov 2013



OPTION # 2: To what extent can artwork cause social change? What individual texts, albums, movies, etc. are said to have changed society? Find and evaluate an argument that suggests that a work has had a transformative (positive/negative) effect


The Return of the Paranoid Style
Douthat, Ross. "The Return of the Paranoid Style." Atlantic Monthly, The. 01 Apr. 2008: 52. eLibrary. Web. 12 Nov. 2013.

Gay-bashing Rap and Why "same Love" Matters
Christopher Muther By Christopher Muther Globe Staff. "Gay-bashing rap and why 'same Love' matters." Boston Globe. 27 Oct. 2013: N14. eLibrary. Web. 12 Nov. 2013.
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The Age of the Progressive Rapper
Hoglund, Andy. "The Age of the Progressive Rapper." The Huffington Post. TheHuffingtonPost.com, 01 Sept. 2013. Web. 22 Nov. 2013.

Gun Violence Task Force Meets Video Game Leaders as Debate Continues
"Gun violence task force meets video game leaders as debate continues." CNN Wire12 Jan. 2013. Student Resources in Context. Web. 12 Nov. 2013.

Positive Lyrics Can Hit Home With Grumpy Teenagers, Study Says
Walker, Peter. "Positive Lyrics Can Hit Home With Grumpy Teenagers, Study Says." The Guardian (London, England). 04 Jan 2010: 11. SIRS Issues Researcher. Web. 12 Nov 2013.

Rap Music and Its Violent Progeny: American's Culture of Violence in Context
Scott, Jeanita W. Richardson & Kim A. "Rap Music and Its Violent Progeny: America's Culture of Violence..." Journal of Negro Education. Summer 2002: 175-192. SIRS Issues Researcher. Web. 12 Nov 2013.

Cities Wish Artists Would Find Another Canvas
Larrabee, John. "Cities Wish Artists Would Find Another Canvas." USA TODAY. 28 Jun 1999: n.p. SIRS Issues Researcher. Web. 12 Nov 2013.


The Social Impact of Argument Art
Conaway, Cameron. "The Social Impact of Argument Art." The Huffington Post. TheHuffingtonPost.com, 28 Aug. 2013. Web. 12 Nov. 2013.