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To Kill a Mockingbird


Are you afraid of the boogeyman? Do you check under the bed before you go to sleep to make sure there aren't any monsters waiting for you?

Of course not. That's kids' stuff.

Well, what if we told you that being afraid doesn't go away when you get older? Turns out adults have irrational fears, too. Harper Lee's Pulitzer-prize winning novel To Kill A Mockingbird hones in on these fears and what they can lead otherwise sensible, grown-up people to do. Spoiler alert: not great stuff.

In this course, we'll watch our young narrator Scout grow up and face her own boogeyman as she navigates a world full of fear, hatred, and injustice:

  • Via Common Core-aligned activities, you'll situate the novel within the history of America and the Civil Rights Movement.
  • Through close reading lesson plans, you'll think about these memorable characters: Scout, Atticus, and of course, the always mysterious Boo Radley.
  • With the help of lesson intros and guided readings, you'll think about all those big literary hitters: setting, symbolism, writing style, and the rest of the gang.

All that and a giant ham costume? It isn't considered a classic for nothin'.

Course Breakdown

Unit 1. To Kill a Mockingbird

A whole unit devoted to America's literary sweetheart: To Kill a Mockingbird. You'll laugh, you'll cry, and by the end, you'll probably want to save the world.

Sample Lesson - Introduction

Lesson 6: Tweeting a Trial

Order in the court.

High-profile trials attract the attention of crowds today (just read any page of the news if you don't believe us) and it wasn't much different back in Scout's day.

People have always loved a spectacle.

There's just one difference. Back in the day, folks had to sit in the courtroom to get the whole story as it was happening. With our technology today, that kind of information can spread with the click of a button.

Your task in this lesson: bring Tom Robinson's trial to life by live tweeting it for the folks who didn't get a VIP pass.

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  • Course Length: 3 weeks
  • Grade Levels: 8, 9, 10
  • Course Type: Short Course
  • Category:
    • English
    • Literature

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