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Historical Background of To Kill a Mockingbird

Historical Background of To Kill a Mockingbird

Author: Eleni Sakacs

Students are expected to identify important background information on American author, Harper Lee, and to identify her inspiration behind the novel. To do so, students will identify the following components/historical events: The Great Depression, The Civil Rights Movement, and the Scottsboro Boys. 

This tutorial provides detailed biographical information on the early life of American author, Harper Lee, as well as historical context surrounding the inspiration and circumstances of Lee's famous novel, To Kill a Mockingbird. 

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Questions on Historical Background of To Kill a Mockingbird

The following handout coincides with the information presented in the historical background tutorial of the novel To Kill a Mockingbird. Students should use this worksheet to take notes on today's lesson.