Teach Students Skills in Analysis and Synthesis Through Exploring Social Class in To Kill A Mockingbird
This resource is a set of close readings and a writing prompt designed to help students understand and analyze how Harper Lee reveals details of social class in the early chapters of “To Kill A Mockingbird.” These readings focus on key passages related to the Finch, Radley, Cunningham and Ewell families in chapters 1-4 of “To Kill A Mockingbird.” Through this lesson, students learn the subtle differences in how and why each of the families fits into the larger society of Maycomb, which will set students up to better understand the events leading up to the trial, the trial of Tom Robinson, and what happens in its aftermath.
During the lesson, students analyze social class in “To Kill a Mockingbird” through doing the following:
1. An analysis of the writing prompt they will complete, focusing on key words in the prompt and skills they will need.
2. A close reading/analysis of 5 short excerpts. Students look for key words and phrases that reveal position in society and then summarize their findings.
3. A graphic organizer that allows students to sort characteristics of each family and visually see how they are similar and different.
4. A writing prompt and rubric where students discuss and synthesize what they learned through the readings.
This resource is best suited for grades 8-10 and can be taught in one 90 minute class period or two one hour class periods.
This resource gives students practice with the following concepts (Common Core anchor standards are indicated in parenthesis):
Close Reading (R1)
Making Inferences (R1)
Synthesizing Multiple Parts of a Text (R3/R5)
Character Analysis (R1)
Analysis of Word Choice (R4)
Expository Writing (W2)
Deep Analysis of Key Sections of To Kill A Mockingbird
Included are the following:
Teacher Directions (1 page)
Student Notetaking Pages (3 pages)
Excerpts from To Kill A Mockingbird (5 pages)
Writing Prompt and Rubric (1 page)
Answer Key (3 pages)
This resource for teaching To Kill A Mockingbird is fully editable to suit the needs of your class. I have provided PDFs and Word copies of each handout.
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