Use the novel To Kill a Mockingbird and a nonfiction article to talk about themes of race and injustice. In this lesson, students complete close reading to analyze and interpret the texts, focusing on character traits and author’s purpose.
Furthermore, this lesson makes learning relevant by connecting real-world events and issues with classic texts. Students complete guided readings of two texts: an excerpt from Chapter 23 of To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee and The New York Times article “Zimmerman Is Acquitted in Killing of Trayvon Martin.” Students begin by completing an anticipation guide with statements about justice and equality. A handout with before, during, and post-reading strategies provides scaffolding for their reading, and the lesson culminates with a writing assignment from a Menu of activities.
By giving students choices, teachers are able to differentiate their instruction and meet the needs of diverse students. This lesson incorporates all strands of the Common Core English Language Arts (ELA) Standards.
If you are interested in another nonfiction connections lessons, check out the links below:
Real-World Nonfiction Connections Bundle
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Taylor Mali Poem & Guardian Article
Washington Irving Story & The New York Times Article