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Anticipating Students’ Response to 'Go Set a Watchman'

Whether or not it is read as a sequel or a rough draft to Lee’s 1960 classic To Kill a Mockingbird, Watchman gives a radically different portrayal of Atticus Finch — one that teachers and librarians predict will spark classroom discussion.

[Teacher Maura Nugent] is curious how Watchman will change the way people understand and teach Mockingbird, which is traditionally found in the curriculum alongside issues of racism, Jim Crow, and the civil rights movement. She says that this new book could perhaps prompt teachers to consider other options that teach those issues through the lens of writers of color, rather than from a white author and narrator. (School Library Journal)

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