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To Kill a Mockingbird

To Kill a Mockingbird

Author: Nicole Hadley


Students will be able to critically look at "To Kill a Mockingbird"

Students will be able to identify judgment across race.

Students will be able to see the difference from innocence to maturity and how characters change through experience. 

This lesson students will learn about the novel "To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee not only for the issues on the surface of the novel but the deep, hidden issues. Students will critically analyze an aspect of their choice. 

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Overview of novel

This is a prezi that students will go through to become familiar of the novel "To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee before coming to class. When the students come to class that will already be familiar with the setting, some of the issues and the main characters.


This is a video to watch that gives a summary of the book "To Kill a Mockingbird"

Warm up

Students come into class and will write for 5 minutes on their iPads about their reaction to the novel and the video.  Students are invited to ask questions that are not clear to them about the subject. The reactions will be sent to me and as a teacher I will be able to look at the questions and answer to clarify any confusion. 

Mock Trial

Students will choose roles for the mock trial.  Students will be given 10 minutes to research on their iPads or computers about trials in the South during the 1930's and the role they are playing.  I will have costumes available that students will wear to fit the time period. For the remainder of the period students will participate in a mock trial of Tom Robinson. 

Reaction/ Assessment

Students are to write a 1-2 page reaction paper about the trial. What was accurate? What did you like? Did this help bring the novel to life? This is a way for students to stop, think and react.  The paper needs to show that the student has critically thought about trial and how it effects not just the person on trial, Tom Robinson, but all those involved and the entire community. 

Reaction paper is to be emailed to teacher by start of class.