To Kill a Mockingbird Pre-reading Carousel Discussion

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English Bulldog
Grade Levels
9th - 12th
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25 pages
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This was an awesome activity! My students were really engaged and the discussion after where they found patterns in the answers was really great.
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To Kill a Mockingbird Carousel Discussion

Reading To Kill a Mockingbird with students provides so many opportunities for rich classroom conversations. In order to have these conversations, however, sometimes students need a little structure! Here is a pre-reading activity designed to get your students out of their seats to move, talk, think, and write. They will travel around the classroom or in the hallway to read several posters including statements designed to generate strong agreements and disagreements. Working with a partner, students will come to a consensus, leaving a statement of agreement or disagreement with an explanation.

Following the Carousel Discussion, students will be assigned one poster along with its responses. They will then review each of the responses and determine the trend in thinking. They will participate in a debriefing discussion with the class to share their thoughts and realizations. I love this activity because it requires every student to be actively engaged—no one gets to hide in the background or check out!

This lesson is classroom-tested and includes the following:

A teacher lesson plan with…

• Common Core objectives

• preparation steps

• a classroom agenda

• assessment strategies

A class PowerPoint with…

• student-friendly objectives

• student directions

• activity time limits

Total Pages
25 pages
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Teaching Duration
90 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
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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