This engaging and informative lesson enables students to make clear, detailed and well-informed interpretations regarding the purpose of Boo Radley’s character in To Kill a Mockingbird. In particular, students develop their understanding of how the character is introduced, before understanding how perceptions of him change across the novel. Students then consider Lee’s purposes for Boo’s inclusion, considering social and historical context.
-The lesson follows a step-by-step learning journey, in which children learn through:
-Reading selected extracts from the text and answering comprehension questions about boo’s introduction at the start of the novel;
-Tracking how Scout's perception of Boo changes over the course of the novel;
-Understanding how the character of Boo aids Lee in getting across her key messages about society, considering social and historical context;
-Peer assessing each other’s learning attempts.
Whole lesson PowerPoint - colourful and comprehensive;
Boo Radley development graph sheet;
Selected extract (from chapter 1);
Character Profile template;
Comprehensive lesson plan.
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