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

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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)

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to the characters, setting, and plot; provide an objective summary of the text.
Analyze how particular lines of dialogue or incidents in a story or drama propel the action, reveal aspects of a character, or provoke a decision.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including analogies or allusions to other texts.
Analyze how differences in the points of view of the characters and the audience or reader (e.g., created through the use of dramatic irony) create such effects as suspense or humor.


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