Lesson 1 (from Chapter 1)
To Kill a Mockingbird is a Pulitzer Prize winning classic American novel by Harper Lee. Written from the first-person perspective of young Scout Finch in Maycomb, Alabama, the narrative in Chapter 1 first establishes the setting and main characters of the story: Atticus and Jem Finch, Calpurnia, and Dill Harris. This introductory lesson focuses on the novel's narrative style and setting of 1930s Maycomb, Alabama, during the Great Depression.
Research Activity: Conduct research on the Great Depression and the setting of the fictional town of Maycomb, Alabama. How many people live in Maycomb? How is the town’s economic situation described? Where do Scout and Jem live in relation to the town?
Group Assignment: Assign students to small groups of 3-4 each. As a group, discuss the reading assignment and develop a presentation which depicts the setting of Maycomb, Alabama, in the 1930s. How does the...
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