Calpurnia's role in To Kill a Mockingbird is a crucial one. Not only does she serve a functional role as nanny to the kids, her very existence in the home characterizes the family and Atticus. The goal of this autobiography is to give students a point of comparison between the literary fiction provided by Harper Lee and the reality of life.
Additionally, the inclusion of short nonfiction articles as we study To Kill a Mockingbird is a great way to focus on reading comprehension and vocabulary while giving a brief history lesson.
This excerpt Lillian Smith's Autobiography, From Outside the Magic Circle, brings the segregation of the Jim Crow South to life through the eyes of a white seven year old girl.
The questions peppered throughout this document were designed around Common Core standards as well as Keystone Prep packets.
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