To Kill a Mockingbird: A Book Club Style Novel Study
In this 7-week class, learners discuss To Kill a Mockingbird book club style in order to examine larger important themes, character development, the setting, narration, symbolism, and more.
Victoria Atkinson, M.A.
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With a classical book like To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee that touches on so many important aspects - racism, injustice, the loss of innocence, and the importance of building empathy - it is helpful to have a class where students can openly and safely discuss them. In this class, we will do just that, taking 6 weeks to walk through the novel and learn what it means to walk in someone else’s shoes and why one should never kill a mockingbird. In addition to our book club-style...
Students will be able to do the following: - Actively and collaboratively discuss a text - Examine a text for its use of literary devices (character development, setting, narration, symbolism, and theme) - Understand the author’s purpose of writing the text - Use evidence to support a claim - Build empathy and an understanding of those who may look unlike themselves.
My bachelor’s degree is in Social Studies Education, so I was not only taught history, but was also taught how to respectfully teach historical events in a non-biased manner. In addition to this, my history course load was made up of US history courses such as the traditional freshmen-level US history courses, American Women’s History, The New South, etc. I also took Africa and the Slave Trade as my required non-western civilization course. All of this plays into how I tackle the historical context of this novel. I also have a master’s degree in English and Creative Writing, for which I had to take literature courses such as Modern American Literature.
Students are expected to read the assigned chapters BEFORE each class meeting. For instance, chapters 1-5 should be read before Meeting #2.
Students will need to purchase or borrow a copy of To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. This can be purchased through Amazon or a local book store, or borrowed from a local library.
Students’ understanding and skill development will be assessed informally through their participation in the weekly discussions/activities.
50 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 2 - 4 hours per week outside of class.
This novel tackles racism, injustice, lynching, and mentions a rape (that never actually occurred). The n-word is also used multiple times.
We will use various resources from Learning for Justice (formerly Teaching Tolerance).
Victoria Atkinson, M.A.
Passionate, Relationship-Focused English & Social Studies Teacher
🇺🇸Lives in the United States
110 total reviews
192 completed classes
✨PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND: I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Studies Education from North Greenville University and a Master of Arts degree in English and Creative Writing from Southern New Hampshire University. I am a certified teacher...