To Kill a Mockingbird Setting: A Portrait of a Southern Town in the 1930s

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The characters of Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird are formed and informed, in part, by the distinctive historical backdrop of Alabama during the Great Depression. Watch a video that details Lee's experience growing up in Monroeville, the inspiration for the Finch family's town of Maycomb, and how it inspired her to write what many consider to be the great American novel.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Play for students to set the historical context before reading To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Have learners watch the video for homework and come to class with notes
Classroom Considerations

  • Video advises that there is sensitive material that may affect some viewers, and that showing the video in class requires teacher discretion
Pros

  • Short video is versatile for any class setting
  • Sets a strong background for the setting of the novel
  • Includes audio of Harper Lee speaking about her hometown
Cons

  • None