Use active learning to assess your students’ knowledge of To Kill a Mockingbird characters while hosting a tea party. In this lesson, students write a character analysis essay and participate in a drama activity. With the help of costumes and props, they “become” their characters and engage in role-play, joining the rest of their classmates who are also citizens of Maycomb.
At the party, the students interview one another and use their reading of the novel to infer one another’s characters. They can also evaluate one another’s abilities to portray a character, judging whether each student has used dialect or dialogue fitting the character and facial expressions or mannerisms expected of the character.
Additionally, before enjoying their refreshments, students read and discuss the proper etiquette for a tea party. Finally, after everyone’s character has been “discovered,” the students enjoy drinking tea and eating baked goods such as muffins and scones. Besides being fun, this lesson incorporates all strands from the Common Core English Language Arts Standards.
For high school students or students needing an extra challenge, ask students to add a paragraph explaining how their characters are related to a theme from the novel. Students should use text-evidence to support their analysis.
This 14 page product includes the following: explicit lesson plan with ELA Common Core Anchor Standards, activity handouts, tea party handouts, text for reading about tea party etiquette, character graphic organizer, character analysis rubric, absence activity, and other evaluation criteria.
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