Mr. Lettierre’s Web Page: To Kill a Mockingbird A 9th grade English teacher has put together an impressive array of resources: chapter guides, quote quizzes, chapter quizzes, plot & character worksheets, vocabulary flashcards, vocabulary quizzes, internet resources, and more. Most are in Word or PDF Format. There are several project ideas that may interest you as well as Internet resources: Novel, Historical Context, Great Depression, Harper Lee, and other topics. A great resource!
Scene from To Kill a Mockingbird
To Kill a Mockingbird: Parallels to Jim Crow America This NCTE American Literature and U. S. History unit focuses on Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird within the context of real life Alabama in the 1930s. A variety of student-centered learning activities are woven throughout the reading of the novel. Select units include:
- Maycomb Graveyard Quiz: A Review of the Deep South Historical Context The Maycomb graveyard quiz reviews pertinent historical context for understanding To Kill A Mockingbird.
- A Southern Town in the 1930s: A Tale of Two Towns Students analyze Harper Lee's descriptions of Maycomb and then review and analyze John Dollard's sociological description of a typical town in the deep South in the 30s.
- To Kill A Mockingbird Literature Circle Activity Each member of the group is assigned a specific role to fulfill during the discussion.
- To Kill a Mockingbird and Courtroom Procedures I: Who are the People in the Courtroom? Students prepare for an upcoming mock trial/classroom courtroom activity and a WebQuest.
To Kill a Mockingbird: A Historical Perspective From the Library of Congress, this is a long (4-5 week project) but you could use parts of it to suit your objectives. It is designed for 10th grade, but adaptable for MS grades. Students learn about the history of African Americans in the South through analysis of historical and literary primary source photographs and documents, identify literary devices and figurative language in historical documents and personal narratives, and write creative works that reflect the themes of racism, compassion, and tolerance in To Kill a Mockingbird.
Novelinks: To Kill a Mockingbird Study guide out of Brigham Young University that includes reading strategies and a unit plan with a taxanomy overview, readability estimate, vocabulary crossword puzzle, and more.
Mapping the Mockingbird Education World lesson plan in which students come tounderstand the importance of setting in a novel and use computer technology to collect information and (possibly) create a map.
To Kill a Mockingbird: Student Survival Guide A useful site for vocabulary, allusions, and idioms. Has many vocab and idiom definitions, as well as maps, historical background, pictures, and definitions of various allusions.
To Kill a Mockingbird Book Trailer Project
Studying To Kill a Mockingbird A UK guide with plenty of analysis: characters, themes, techniques, viewpoint, stereotyping, attitudes, and other topics.
Famous American Trials: Scottsboro Learn about the trial that serves as the basis of the book.
The History of Jim Crow Access historical background, source material, and lesson plans at this impressive site and learn how Jim Crow laws deprived African Americans of their civil rights.
LitPlans: Harper Extensive list of links to Lesson Plans, Teacher's Guides, Novel Unit Plans, Study Guides, and more.
“Mockingbird' Sparks Controversy The 41-Year-Old Novel Triggers Renewed Racial Debates" This is an NPR ‘All Things Considered’ audio report runs on Real Player. It may take a few minutes to load.
Students Video Book Review of To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Collins Readers Guide: To Kill a Mockingbird Summary, nine discussion questions, and a brief author biography.
To Kill a Mockingbird Group Project Teacher offers project with scoring rubric that deals with stereotypes and nature of a hero.
Harper Lee Information about author Harper Lee, including biography, memoirs, and recollections. Some audio recordings are also available.
Phone message from Harper Lee to Mrs. Underwood's reading class at Fergus Falls MN, Middle School, thanking them for an invitation. MPR; December 31, 2001 (Real) Encourage your students to write living authors!
Photo Montage of Harper Lee
Speech From the Birmingham Pledge Foundation written in celebration of Lifetime Acheivement Award for Harper Lee.
Mr. Smith's handouts An Australian teacher has posted class handouts for Year 10 and ads research links. Includes homework, activities, and more.