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To Kill a Mockingbird Lesson Plans



A variety of activities to address point of view, symbolism, historical context, imagery, plot structure, theme development, and more. NOTE: This resource is included in the complete unit.

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To Kill a Mockingbird Lesson Plans for High School overview:

  • 25 lessons (4 pre-reading, 16 during-reading, and 5 post-reading)
  • 6 discussion sets (one for each reading)
  • Clear objectives (aligned to Common Core for grades 9 and 10)
  • Into, through, and beyond lesson format
  • Connected readings, clips, and handouts
  • A variety of activities (writing tasks, performance, cooperative learning, etc.)

Note: To Kill a Mockingbird Lesson Plans is included in the unit bundle.

The lessons:

Pre-reading for To Kill a Mockingbird

  • It’s NOT about Birds! (anticipation guide)
  • Who Is Jim Crow?
  • A New Point of View (personal essay)
  • When an Apple Isn’t an Apple (symbolism)

Reading 1 (Chapters 1-5)

  • Building Character
  • One Form of Courage
  • Setting and Mood (word choice)
  • Discussion Questions (Chapters 1-5)

Reading 2 (Chapters 6-9)

  • The True Boo
  • Atticus’ Guide to Parenting
  • Dialect in Dialogue (skit)
  • Discussion Questions (Chapters 6-9)

Reading 3 (Chapters 10-14)

  • Atticus v. Maycomb
  • 1930s America Gallery
  • Symbol Poems
  • Discussion Questions (Chapters 10-14)

Reading 4 (Chapters 15-18)

  • Closing Arguments I (composition)
  • Closing Arguments II (delivery)
  • Lee’s Style
  • Discussion Questions (Chapters 15-18)

Reading 5 (Chapters 19-23)

  • Trial on Trial
  • The Scottsboro Affair (analyze bias)
  • Writing with Imagery
  • Discussion Questions (Chapter 19-23)

Reading 6 (Chapters 24-31)

  • Lee’s Themes
  • Beyond the Mockingbird (symbolism)
  • It’s Complicated (plot structure diagram)
  • Discussion Questions (Chapters 24-31)

Bonus lessons

  • The Suspense is Killing Me!
  • To Kill a Mockingbird in Context (timeline)
  • Hypocrites! (group skit)

Since Language Arts objectives are recursive, To Kill a Mockingbird Lesson Plans for High School can work with middle school students.  View the resource preview to see if the lessons are appropriate for your students.