ERIC Number: ED475781
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Jun-10
Reference Count: N/A
"To Kill a Mockingbird": An Historical Perspective. Learning Page Lesson Plan.
Prody, Kathleen; Whearty, Nicolet
Students gain from a sense of the living history that surrounds Harper Lee's novel, "To Kill a Mockingbird." Through studying primary source materials from American Memory and other online sources, students of all backgrounds may better grasp how historical events and human forces have shaped relationships between black and white and rich and poor cultures in this country. This lesson plan seeks to guide students on a journey through the Depression Era of the 1930s. Activities in the lesson plan familiarize the students with southern experiences through the study of the novel and African American experiences through the examination of primary sources. The lesson plan: lists educational objectives; gives time required and recommended grade level; addresses curriculum fit; notes resources used; and suggests enrichment activity resources. It provides the following procedure for classroom implementation: I. Navigating American Memory--developing search strategies; II. Historical Understanding of Setting--visual literacy with photographs of Alabama during the Great Depression; III. Exploring Oral History--analysis of oral histories from Alabama collected between 1936-40; IV. Writing Connection--create a town poem based on photographs in Lesson II; V. Getting into the Novel--reading first 10 chapters with activities building on Lessons II and III; VI. Mob Justice--continued reading of the novel with parallel primary source readings on mob behavior and lynching; VII. Justice in the Courts--continued reading of the novel; and Pulling It All Together--students complete one or more culminating activities. Also contains extension and evaluation activities. (NKA)
Descriptors: Blacks, Class Activities, Classroom Techniques, Cultural Context, Curriculum Enrichment, Grade 10, High Schools, Interdisciplinary Approach, Learning Activities, Lesson Plans, Novels, Oral History, Primary Sources, Student Educational Objectives, United States Literature
The Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave, SE, Washington, DC 20540. Tel: 202-707-5000. For full text: http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/ndlpedu/lessons/index.html.
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Library of Congress, Washington, DC.