This engaging and informative lesson enables students to make clear, detailed and well-informed interpretations of Scout Finch’s development as a character throughout To Kill a Mockingbird. In particular, students develop their background understanding of how her character is introduced, before plotting her development against the different stages of protagonists in Bildungsroman novels.
The lesson follows a step-by-step learning journey, in which children learn through:
Taking part in a fun quiz in order to gain/recap knowledge about Scout Finch’s background information (e.g. family history, family members, etc.);
Reading selected extracts from the text and answering comprehension questions about Scout’s introduction at the start of the novel;
Understanding the different stages of development in the Bildungsroman genre, and plotting Scout’s development against this;
Understanding Lee’s intentions/messages in presenting Scout in the way that she did;
Using knowledge of protagonist development and structure in order to create their own Bildungsroman storyboard templates;
Peer assessing each other’s learning attempts.
Whole lesson PowerPoint - colourful and comprehensive;
Interesting Scout Finch development worksheet;
Selected extract (from chapter 2);
Comprehensive lesson plan.
There are also opportunities for group learning, speaking and listening, peer assessment, and whole class discussion.
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