To Kill A Mockingbird Setting Activity
is an engaging collaborative activity in which students examine the setting of To Kill a Mockingbird. Skip the lecture.
In this no-prep lesson plan, students take on the role of reporters to get the scoop on Alabama during the Great Depression, the setting for To Kill a Mockingbird. Working in groups, students investigate specific topics and create a newspaper in a 90-minute class. Students create cover stories, political cartoons, editorials and more. What were breadlines about? What is tenant farming? What were the rates of unemployment? and more... When the newspapers are complete, students read each other’s newspapers to learn about the world in which To Kill A Mockingbird's story takes place.
Suggested topics and informational text included in this guide:
- James Agee and walker Evans publication
- Tenant farming
- Farming to town to country
- Governor Benjamin Meek Miller
- Populist movement
- Alabama sharecroppers Union
- Breadlines and Soup Kitchens
- Black Tuesday 1929
- 1932 Presidential Election
- Unemployment rates and other facts
- Bank Runs
- Herbert Hoover and The Great Depression
- Tennessee Valley Authority Act
- Jim Crow Laws
This detailed guide includes:
Complete teacher’s guide for a 90 minute lesson
Student handouts including directions, 3 graphic organizers, and topic suggestions
15+ pages of informational text
A complete list of materials
Skills Developed in this lesson:
- Students will select and research a topic related to the setting of To Kill a Mockingbird.
- Students will analyze nonfiction text related to the setting of To Kill a Mockingbird. (CCSS ELA.LITERACY R1)
- Students will convey their analysis of nonfiction information through expository writing.
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