This book is so relevant for us adolescents at this conference as we are moving from childhood to adulthood.
This novel set in the 1950s is as relevant sixty years later as it was when it was originally published [Published in 1950s but set in 1930s]. It challenges us adolescents to grow from our naive view of the world like scout at the beginning of the novel into an understanding that prejudice exists in our world. It is our challenge to become adults like scout in the novel, and to accept our place in the adult world
"you never really understand a person until you consider things from his [their] point of view—until you climb into his skin and walk around in [it]"-Atticus finch to Scout [chapter ??]
We see life from another point of view which is a true enjoyment of this book.
Relevant because it critiques social issues relevant today, the morals and values are timeless as they still happen today
It was written during a period of a huge change [1950]
-Mockingbird is nostalgia [looking back at the past- beautiful moments] and criticism
"The thing about it is, our kind of folks don't like the Cunningham's, the Cunningham's don't like the Ewells and the Ewells hate and despise the colored folks." Jem talking to Scout about hierarchy
The role of woman - dresses, lady like
Very strong roles of women
Cant play sports
Growing up
Part of growing up to move from the pleasant to the unpleasant, to move on. i.e. Dill coming to Miss Maudie's house burning down
they also learn their father is courageous and learn to admire him all over again [we need more of him today in our world -ms mcdonald]
They have to learn not to accept the dominate view of Maycomb that negro's are inferior [racist views]
Race and Racism
The trial shows how racism shapes society i.e. How does racism shape Australia, aboriginals etc.
How should you treat people
Justice isn't only about the law it is also about treating people nicely; with justice
Difficult to do right in a system that is corrupt [scout tries to do the right thing but the community is corrupt - the trial, the jury]
In the novel the novel both shows the unjust of Tom Robinson's death and the hope of justice with Bob Ewells death

How to write an introduction
**use personal pronouns as it is a persuasive text trying to convince others on your view and perspective**
Example introduction:
The quote of Maya Angelou, " Prejudice is a burden that confuses the past, threatens the future and renders the present inaccessible," is a timely reminder that this element present in all societies and time needs to be acknowledged and addressed. Prejudice lessens the potential of both the individual and society. We must always be vigilant of our own responses when faced with prejudice and fight for justice when evident within our communities. It is an honour to be invited to submit this paper to the Annual United Nation's Youth Conference to persuade you that Harper Lee's novel To Kill a Mocking-bird should be included in a list of novels studied by students as it explores ideas relevant in the 21st century. Harper Lee brilliantly underpins the issue of prejudice in this Pulitzer Award winning novel. The narrative is set in 1930's in the small Alabama town of Maycomb. Although over eighty years separate this cultural context from today, its message of tolerance and understanding is as relevant then as today. Lee reveals the ugly face of prejudice in a myriad of societal situations. I will focus on how this plays out in racism, the role of women and the justice system. In all three it is evident that prejudice diminishes many individual's lives and therefore the potential for Maycomb to fully utilise the potential of its inhabitants. Hopefully, you will take Lee's analysis of the pernicious effects of prejudice and be inspired to fight against it in your own communities. This novel is truly a warning about how prejudice can undermine the healthy function of a community. For this reason it is truly a novel for all seasons and times, as relevant then as today.

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