To Kill a Mockingbird: Culture and History

This To Kill a Mockingbird: Culture and History lesson plan also includes:

To establish the historical and cultural context of To Kill a Mockingbird, class members listen to an audio that describes Lee's life experiences that parallel the novel, including her friendship with Truman Capote. Groups then read articles about the Civil Rights Movement and the trial of the Scottsboro Boys.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Ask individuals to sketch a map of Macomb, adding details as they encounter them in the story
Classroom Considerations

The second in a ten-lesson unit that uses To Kill A Mockingbird as the anchor text

Pros

  • In addition to reading historical background information on Harper Lee and the Scottsboro Boys, class members listen to Billie Holiday's "Strange Fruit" and music by Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong
  • All required materials are available in the attached zip file
Cons

  • None
Common Core