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To Kill a Mockingbird - A Novel Study

Kaitlyn Fischer: Close-Reading Specialist
Rising Star
Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(899)
In this 10-session course, students will read Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird by participating in Socratic Seminar discussions through a historical and courtroom lens to learn about its cultural significance and the literary elements.

Class experience

US Grade 8 - 11
Students will be able to:
     - Explore History Surrounding Racism 
     - Learn about the Civil Rights Movement Era
     - Participate in Socratic Discussions
     - Challenge Themselves by Discussing 
          - Reading Comprehension
          - Literary Analysis
          - History
          - Themes
          - Symbols
          - Character development
          - Other Literary Elements
          - Write an Optional Essay
          - Write Optional Writing Prompt
     - Introduce Themselves and Interests
     - Introduce the Novel, Harper Lee, and Cultural Significance
     - Introduce the Civil Rights Movement
     - Examine the History of the Civil Rights Era and the Scottsboro Boys
     - Identify Members of The Finch Family
     - Analyze the Characters of Scout, Jem, Dill, and Atticus
     - Define and Identify Life-Lessons
     - Define and Identify Symbolism
     - Define and Identify Coming-of-Age
     - Differentiate between Denotative and Connotative Definitions
     - Identify Elements of Process of a Trial
     - Discuss Eyewitness Statements 
     - Read-Through the Trial
     - Collect Evidence from Testimonies
     - Critique the Rhetoric of Atticus's Closing Argument
     - Connect Themes, Symbols, and Coming-of-Age
     - Examine Hitler and Maycomb, Alabama Similarities and Issues
     - Explain the theme of "...a sin to kill a mockingbird..."
I have taught this novel every year that I professionally taught. I hope that students enjoy the powerful emotional novel of To Kill a Mockingbird but be aware that it is an emotional book that many students find sad. Students are encouraged to talk it out with someone and with the teacher!
Homework Offered
Students will be required to read on their own time outside of class. While we will use the book and discuss the book in class, and even examine the pages and specific textual evidence in our class discussions, students will be asked to read outside of class time.
1 - 2 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
There are optional weekly writing prompts that will be provided each class period. In addition, a final analytical essay option is available that students are welcome to turn in to me for feedback after the class!
Grades Offered
Students will need to have their own copy of To Kill a Mockingbird! Copies can be found at these links if you would like some guidance. 

Barnes and Noble:


The version I own and suggest is the Amazon one. It is a good, clean, and easy-to-understand version!
Here is the parental guide for To Kill a Mockingbird!
     - https://www.commonsensemedia.org/book-reviews/to-kill-a-mockingbird
Rising Star
Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(899)
My name is Kaitlyn Fischer and I have taught English to students as young as nine through eighteen in both Missouri and Colorado. I am a close-reading specialist and have a lot of experience teaching students close-reading strategies including... 
Group Class


for 10 classes
2x per week, 5 weeks
45 min

Completed by 25 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 13-17
1-6 learners per class

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