This packet includes many activities to help students analyze the many themes and life lessons of To Kill a Mockingbird. There is a total of six different activities:
1. "What is Theme" Handout - this page gives a basic introduction and defines what theme is. It gives examples of themes from fairytales and has a brainstorming section for students to think about themes of common childhood stories.
2. "Life Lessons of Atticus Finch" - this chart includes four famous quotes from Atticus, all of which teach a different lesson. Students must identify what lesson each quote teaches.
3. "Childhood Themes" - Because Atticus teaches his children many morals, this assignment asks students to interview an adult, such as a parent, and write about a "life lesson" he/she believes is important to live by.
4. "It's a Sin to Kill a Mockingbird" - this sheet goes into depth about the quote that titles the novel. Students think about the lesson behind the quote, and relate the lesson to characters in the novel.
5. Essay Assignment - This essay can be applied to any novel that teaches theme. Students choose a theme from the novel and write about by applying the lesson to the story, to themselves, and to the world.
6. Themes in TKAM - this is a list and description of nine different themes portrayed in the novel, and is a good handout to go along with the essay assignment.