Pseudo Book Club: To Kill a Mockingbird

March 4, 2011 at 11:50 am 2 comments

Title Slide TKAMWritten by Foo Yang Yi (3I108)
Photographs by Keith Low (4H113)

On 19 February, HCI’s Library Club conducted a meeting of the Pseudo Book Club at Jurong Regional Library from 3:00 to 4:30 pm, on Harper Lee’s award-winning novel To Kill A Mockingbird. The objective of the PBC was to give a presentation on the content of a selected text and discuss it with the attending audience. Children as young as six years old to teenagers in upper secondary were present for the discussion. The event took place at the stage on Level 4 of the library.

TKAMThe presentation on the novel explained several important details so as to provide sufficient contextual knowledge for the participants, covering the main characters in the story and the underlying important themes (like discrimination), as well as explaining the significance of the book’s title to the audience, which would later allow the audience to answer any questions posed. The main presenter was Wong Zi Yang (4I122), who had assistance from the other Library Club members to help give the audience prompts or pose questions to them during the presentation. The presentation utilized the first half of the meeting time (about 45 minutes), while the second half was occupied by the subsequent discussion.

During the discussion half, the participants were split into two groups where thoughts and opinions were exchanged on a smaller scale. Participants were asked to express their views on the issues highlighted in To Kill A Mockingbird, and further questions that related the novel to their own identity, covering their own experiences with prejudice, moral courage and discrimination; they were also asked to empathize with certain characters and consider their responses if they were faced with the same situations. For example, a question was asked about the unfairness in carrying out justice that differentiates by social hierarchy; one response was that one should not be discriminated against in such a manner as it defeats the entire purpose of justice.

The Pseudo Book Club is a recurring event, held every month with a new text for discussion.

PBC Audience

TKAM Presentation 1

TKAM Presentation 2


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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Kervin Tay  |  March 18, 2011 at 11:27 pm

    Just to add on to some points regarding the event, we do hope that more people would take part in the event since we only carry out this presentation only once a month. Every presentation has its flaws and good pointers, thus we should reflect. I personally feel that this event has allowed us to become better public speakers. Everyone will not go up on the stage with confidence, thinking that he will do a good job. As we present every time, we make sure we improve, whether the information memorised or the body language, we should always aim to improve continuously. Another pointer would be this has given us a new role in the community – to share our knowledge with others, which is indeed very precious. Public speaking is not only about presenting, but also about communication with the public. With these discussions, we are able to know more about the public’s mindset, knowing what we should present the next time and the valuable comments which give us improvement.

    • 2. Jason Erik Lundberg  |  March 19, 2011 at 11:22 am

      Well said, Kervin. In order to drive more attendance to these monthly events, maybe we need to think of more ways of publicizing them to the patrons of Jurong RL. We can discuss this when we come back to school next week.

      And you’re right, this is an excellent opportunity for students to practice their public-speaking and presentation skills in front of an audience.


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Library Club Leadership

Teachers In-Charge:
Mrs Rosalind Lee (SC)
Mdm Chan May Lun
Mdm Shieh Le-shiang
Mrs Kris Koo (Senior AO)
Mrs Wang Meng Juan (AO)

2011-12 ExCo:
Foo Yang Yi (Chairman)
Kervin Tay (Vice-Chairman)
Ian Wong (Training & Recruitment)
Zach Wang (Public Relations)
Joel Lee (Welfare)

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