If you have attended an American high school, then you have probably read “To Kill a Mockingbird.” The novel has long been a favorite among high school literature teachers. It is the story of a young girl growing up in rural Alabama in the 1930s. The story deals with the issue of racism.
Well, now a school district in Mississippi wants to remove the book from their reading list. The reason: some parents say it “makes people feel uncomfortable.” They do not want their children to read the book.
Harper Lee released the book in 1960. Lee’s novel became a bestseller and won the . The book is on most lists of the best American novels of all time. So not only is it an important story of how bad racism was in America, but most critics think it was a great story too. That is why children should read it.
This scale is based on the grade level of the text. For example, a “7.0” means the reading level of a seventh grade elementary textbook. A ’12’ is equal to the 12th grade or last year in high school, a ’13’ equals the first year in university. The grade levels correspond to the U.S. school system.