This project is a great tool to use for differentiated instruction when teaching the novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. The project requires students to choose three projects from a tic-tac-toe board, and the projects differ in the time and ability required to complete each. The students may choose three projects horizontally, vertically, or diagonally on the tic-tac-toe board, and the projects are arranged in such a way as to require that at least one of the projects a student chooses involves writing.
The project comes with a general document providing the tic-tac-toe board, general instructions for the tic-tac-toe project, and general descriptions of each of the projects on the tic-tac-toe board. In addition, the project comes with one-page instructional sheets for each project on the tic-tac-toe board, and each project sheet includes a rubric specific to that project. I have also included my grading sheet for the tic-tac-toe project, which helps teachers easily assign grades for each of the projects the students complete.
The projects include:
1. Reading a non-fiction piece related to the novel and writing a summary and analysis of the non-fiction piece.
2. Creating an illustrated children's book of the novel or a scene from the novel.
3. Creating a timeline of the novel and events surrounding the novel from African-American history.
4. Creating a map or model of Maycomb from the descriptions given in the novel.
5. Writing a newspaper article for the Maycomb Tribune regarding one of the major incidents depicted in the novel.
6. Conducting an oral history interview by interviewing a person who lived during segregation, drafting a transcript of the interview, and writing an analysis of the interview comparing what was learned in the interview to the social and political themes present in the novel.
7. Creating a cartoon strip based on the plot or a scene from the novel.
8. Locating and studying three photographs from the time period in which the novel is set and writing an analysis of the photographs comparing them to the social and political issues involved in the novel.
9. Creating a presentation on the historical trials of the "Scottsboro Boys."
I spent a significant amount of time developing this project when I first began teaching To Kill a Mockingbird, and this project was always a favorite among my students. In particular, I liked the way the project brought the novel to life for my students and also gave them much needed practice in writing and analysis. I hope that teachers who purchase this project find it helpful and find that it truly impacts their students.