To Kill a Mockingbird Lesson Plans: 31 Great Lessons for Lee's Masterpiece

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  1. To Kill a Mockingbird Unit bundle makes teaching Harper Lee's masterpiece a pleasure. Includes pre-reading activities, lesson plans, reading checks, assignment pages, organizers, and assessments. TeachNovels units provide the structure, variety, and flexibility that teaching demands.To Kill a Mockin
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These 31 To Kill a Mockingbird lessons engage students and make teaching this complex novel a pleasure. The lesson plans offer a variety of activities to address point of view, historical context, symbolism, imagery, plot structure, theme development, and more.

To Kill a Mockingbird Lesson Plans overview:

  • 25 complete lessons (4 pre-reading, 16 during-reading, and 5 after-reading)
  • 6 discussion sets (e.g., one set for Chapters 1-5)
  • Lessons follow an into, through, and beyond format.
  • Connected clips, readings, and graphic organizers
  • A variety of activities (group tasks, presentations, creative writing, etc.)
  • Key excerpts by chapter with analysis

To Kill a Mockingbird Lesson Plans contents:

  1. It’s NOT about Birds! (anticipation guide)
  2. Who Is Jim Crow?
  3. A New Point of View (personal essay)
  4. When an Apple Isn’t an Apple (symbolism)
  5. Building Character
  6. One Form of Courage
  7. Setting and Mood (word choice)
  8. Discussion Questions (Chapters 1-5)
  9. The True Boo
  10. Atticus’ Guide to Parenting
  11. Dialect in Dialogue (skit)
  12. Discussion Questions (Chapters 6-9)
  13. Atticus v. Maycomb
  14. 1930s America Gallery
  15. Symbol Poems
  16. Discussion Questions (Chapters 10-14)
  17. Closing Arguments I (composition)
  18. Closing Arguments II (delivery)
  19. Lee’s Style
  20. Discussion Questions (Chapters 15-18)
  21. Trial on Trial
  22. The Scottsboro Affair (analyze bias)
  23. Writing with Imagery
  24. Discussion Questions (Chapter 19-23)
  25. Lee’s Themes
  26. Beyond the Mockingbird (symbolism)
  27. It’s Complicated (plot structure diagram)
  28. Discussion Questions (Chapters 24-31)
  29. The Suspense is Killing Me!
  30. To Kill a Mockingbird in Context (timeline)
  31. Hypocrites! (group skit)

Note: To Kill a Mockingbird Lesson Plans is included in the unit bundle.

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate.
Make strategic use of digital media (e.g., textual, graphical, audio, visual, and interactive elements) in presentations to enhance understanding of findings, reasoning, and evidence and to add interest.
Present information, findings, and supporting evidence clearly, concisely, and logically such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, substance, and style are appropriate to purpose, audience, and task.
Integrate multiple sources of information presented in diverse media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) evaluating the credibility and accuracy of each source.
Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 9–10 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.


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