This introduction to To Kill a Mockingbird begins by noting some of the autobiographical elements in the story and then gives students all of the historical context they need to understand allusions to The Great Depression, segregation, gender roles, and Europe in the novel. It also incudes a section to preview and introduce the main characters in To Kill a Mockingbird as well as its major themes. The prezi integrates many photos and primary sources as well as three embedded videos.
The videos are:
1. A short clip on the Stock Market Crash with footage of bread lines, etc
2. A short clip from FDR's inauguration speech including his famous "nothing to fear but fear itself" line - it's great to preview this clip with students so that they pick up on the allusion to the speech in the first chapter of the novel
3. A video about Emmett Till, which is a great historical example of the racism that was rampant in the southern legal system at the time of the novel. This background information later helps students to undertand why Tom Robinson is unable to receive a fair trial.
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