Print & Digital To Kill a Mockingbird Novel Activities Tom Robinson Trial Guide

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To Kill a Mockingbird movie activity helping students unpack and analyze the Tom Robinson trial! Students begin by closely analyzing each testimony to gather evidence and the facts of the case. They will then use that analysis to write an argumentative essay claiming Tom Robinson is innocent. Please note: This resource uses the movie version of TKAM for the trial.

Students will:

  • Watch the Tom Robinson trial
  • Analyze the testimonies to identify evidence for the prosecution and the defense.
  • Write an argumentative essay detailing why Tom Robinson is innocent.

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Lesson Pages:

1. Teacher Directions

2. Trial Analysis

  • Critical thinking questions for students to analyze the testimonies offered by each character:
    • Sherriff Heck Tate
    • Bob Ewell
    • Mayella Ewell
    • Tom Robinson

  • An answer key for the analysis questions is provided!

2. Evidence Breakdown

  • Students use their analysis to list every piece of evidence that they believe proves Tom's innocence.
  • An answer key is provided listing specific pieces of evidence that show Tom's innocence.

3. Argumentative Essay

  • Students use the analysis and the evidence breakdown to write a five paragraph essay claiming that Tom Robinson is innocent.
  • An essay outline sheet is provided to help students structure and create their final essay.


File Type: PDF & Google Slides

Editable: No

Total Pages: 36

Content Pages: 26


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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.


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