This 78-slide Power Point Presentation on Harper Lee’s classic bildungsroman To Kill a Mockingbird (1960) reviews the novel’s historical/cultural background and setting; main characters; major themes and conflicts; point of view; dual plot thread; and representative symbols. Included is a list of recommended articles and web sites, such as The University of Virginia’s educational history site, Douglas Linder’s informative Famous American Trials (University of Michigan), where students can read about the “Scottsboro Boys Trials”; The Library of Congress’ The African American Odyssey: A Quest for Full Citizenship, which explores black America's quest for equality from the early national period through the twentieth century; Two complete curricula on teaching Lee’s novel, packed with student-centered assignments, core curriculum standards, etc., designed by secondary English teachers; You Tube scenes from the film you may call up and watch in class; and articles from The New Yorker and from the Michigan Law Review.
Recommended web sites and other resources are hyperlinked so (if you have internet access in the classroom) you may call up and explore a rich assortment of materials that will enhance student interest and understanding. Illustrated. Images in some slides could serve as writing prompts.