To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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Pre-Reading Research

To Kill a Mockingbird is set in the sleepy town of Maycomb, Alabama. The consciousness of a town steeped in prejudice, violence, and hypocrisy is pricked by the quiet heroism of one man’s struggle for justice. Through the young eyes of his children, Scout and Jem Finch, Harper Lee explores the irrationality of adult attitudes toward race and class in the Deep South of the 1930’s.

In order to appreciate and properly analyze a literary novel you must first understand the time period, environment, social climate and the individuals on which it is based. As we study Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize winning novel, we have to look beyond the literary context into the past. It is essential to have a comprehensive understanding of the plot and its setting. We must seek to understand the people, their way of life, and the ideas upon which their lives are built.

Task: You will search, scan, and select specific information on the topics related to the novel.  There are 30 response questions and a series of websites provided for your convenience.  Please use the document attached to the assignment in teams to complete your research. You may work with a partner, but the stakes are higher if you choose to do this with someone.

Before you begin, watch these two short videos as a prelude to this unit.  

Is this novel still relevant today?

The Southern Reaction to the Novel in 1960

Please NoteI created this page and wrote all of this in March and I can't delete it . We (10th graders) were in the computer lab the day we learned we would be shutting down. Odd, I know, but I can still feel myself looking at the instructions and wondering how we were going to make this work. But we did. So here it stays to remind we can do this and do it right.

The Process: I'm leaving this up because I wrote it know :(

All questions should be answered thoroughly. You have ample time to complete ALL questions; be sure to SPEND YOUR TIME WISELY. The questions will be graded for correctness!   Work together, if you choose, to find the best sources of information & respond to the questions accurately and thoroughly. Using complete sentences, open a Word Doc and type your responses. Do NOT copy and paste.  Take the necessary steps to be sure you have what you need to work on this outside of class.(Google Drive, flashdrive, etc.)


The questions will be graded for accuracy and detail and there will be a multiple choice quiz based on the information researched.


   Paired Readings for To Kill a Mockingbird

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption 

                                                                            by Bryan Stevenson

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NPR Interview with Bryan Stevenson 

New York Times Book Review:  Just Mercy

Discussion Questions:


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Before-During After You Read (10 questions)

Non-Fiction Read & Respond:

(NPR) High Court Review: Insanity Defense Case 

I am Not an Inmate-I Am a Man and I Have Potential

(NPR) It's For You To Know That You Forgive (Holocaust Survivor)

Poem: This Is Not a Small Voice

Click this image again on Amazon site and select Table of Contents for EXCERPTS FROM 14 CHAPTERS AND MORE!

Click Here for Word doc to save and use to record your Research Responses.
Click Here for a pdf to print a copy of Research Questions..