In this activity, use the jigsaw method to engage and enlighten your students on two non-fiction articles paired with chapter 15 of To Kill A Mockingbird. The articles are on mob mentality and the history of lynching.
Print off the copies of the non-fiction articles and the student handout. Give half of the class one copy and give the other half of the class the other copy. Have everyone silently read their article and fill out their half of the student handout. Once everyone has finished, instruct students to find a partner with the opposite article. Instruct students to explain the other article to their partner and to work on filling out the remainder of their handout together. Then, start a class discussion about the two articles.
After the discussion, I allow kids to continue working in partners to complete the back of the handout. I collect the handout the next day and pay special attention to kids’ response of the essential question.
You can use this resource after you have read chapter 15, or it can be assigned to read alongside chapter 15.