English 10 (ENG201) Master Course
Deeper Reading Activities
The three degrees of... (pg.158)
Depending on the text, students search for three degrees of evil, compassion, oppression , sacrifice, greed, love, or any central idea found in the book. Students should then consider the central theme and how it is found in today's world.
In To Kill a Mockingbird, one of the central themes is racism.
1. First Degree racism: The KKK held a rally this weekend in Kentucky to promote a white-only state.
2. Second-degree racism: Recent racial-profiling statsitics have shown that blacks and other people of color are more likely to be pulled over by the police.
3. Third-degree racism: Though there are many black players, there are very few black coaches in college football.