Delve into a broader understanding of To Kill a Mockingbird with these extension activities.
* Pre-reading Group Activity -
NOTE: I used this activity for a Compass Evaluation and received a Highly Effective rating as a result.
In this activity, students rotate to 5 stations in which they will obtain background knowledge on key concepts necessary for understanding and appreciating Scout's tale of childhood and social prejudices. Concepts are: background on Harper Lee, Jim Crow Laws, Expectations of Southern Women, Lynching & Mob Mentality, and The Great Depression). After absorbing the information provided, students select a higher order thinking question slip at random (each station has 4 HOT questions which allow students to respond to the information on a deeper, more meaningful way). Reflection slips are glued to a response sheet and discussed as a group though responses are individual.
* "Putting Yourself in Someone Else's Skin" activity - In this activity, students look back on Scout's first day of school by not only recording details from her perspective, but also by making inferences on how her day would have been different had she been given Atticus' advice ("You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view--until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.") beforehand.
* Poetry activities - carefully selected poems and analysis to connect to key events of the book (Tim Johnson incident & Tom Robinson Cross-examination)
* Atticus Finch Body Biography activity - Students analyze this complex character in a visual way. Activity includes character analysis guidelines (written), character analysis instructions (visual) + silhouette of Atticus Finch, and a directions on writing a "I am" poem.
* "Who's the Mockingbird" Analytical Paragraph Center - Students work in groups to develop a detailed analysis arguing how a specified character can be considered a mockingbird (characters are assigned randomly). Characters include: Tom Robinson, Boo Radley, Scout, Jem, Dill, Mayella Ewell, and Dolphus Raymond. Set includes: random selector cards, station markers/directions, TEPAC model materials (Rubric and Sentence starter suggestions sheet), and student organizer chart.
* Say•Mean•Matter: Famous Quotes of To Kill a Mockingbird activity. Students look into a deeper understanding by paraphrasing key quotes from the text and discussing the relevance using these 17 quotes slips.