Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee Compare and Contrast with To Kill a Mockingbird Activities
The publication of Harper Lee's first draft of To Kill a Mockingbird (titled Go Set a Watchman) offers opportunities for students to see how the writing process works: it takes a lot of revision and rewriting to get your final draft just right!
Using the first chapter of Go Set a Watchman (published on the web, link included), students will compare the following areas in a close reading activity:
-narrator's point-of-view and perspective
-characterization and imagery (includes analyzing dialogue)
-plot and purpose
-tone and mood
Students will also evaluate the writing, rewriting, and revision process by analyzing the changes the author made in the above areas.
Students will also practice writing from a third-person point-of-view, then rewriting the work in first-person point-of-view to get a feel of what Harper Lee went through during her revision process.
Go Set a Watchman was published July 14, 2015. This resource will be updated with additional activities after reading the full text.
Please note: the purchase of Go Set a Watchman is not necessary to use this resource. The first chapter gives the students plenty of material to work with to cover all the standards.
I also have these resources for teaching To Kill a Mockingbird:
To Kill a Mockingbird Complete Literature Unit
The Scottsboro Boys Anticipatory and Reading Response Activity
To Kill a Mockingbird Nonfiction Primary Source Allusion Activity
To Kill a Mockingbird Chapter Discussion Questions & Answers
To Kill a Mockingbird Trial Organizer - Interactive Notebook Activity
Created and Copyrighted by © Tracee Orman, 2015
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