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To Kill a Mockingbird. An introduction. Question. The story takes place in the southern United States during the 1930’s. What significant event were people forced to live through during this time?. Brainstorm. What do we already know about the Great Depression?

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to kill a mockingbird

To Kill a Mockingbird

An introduction

question
Question
  • The story takes place in the southern United States during the 1930’s. What significant event were people forced to live through during this time?
brainstorm
Brainstorm
  • What do we already know about the Great Depression?
  • What do we already know about life for African Americans living in the southern U.S. during this time period?
tkam student survival guide
TKAM Student Survival Guide
  • http://www.lausd.k12.ca.us/Belmont_HS/tkm/
context
Context

The story:

  • Takes place during the Great Depression in the town of Maycomb , Alabama
  • Poverty & unemployment (Cunninghams, Ewells)
  • Racial prejudice / segregation / Civil War (trial of Tom Robinson)
  • Centered around the lives of Jean Louise “Scout” Finch, her brother Jeremy Atticus “Jem” Finch, and their father Atticus Finch (lawyer)

1930’s

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Context

Author: Harper Lee

  • Born in 1926 in a small town in Alabama (similar to Maycomb)
  • Her father was a lawyer (similar to Scout & Atticus)
  • 1931, Scottsboro Trials – similar to Tom Robison case
  • Yet, Lee maintains that the novel is not a portrayal of her own childhood, but of childhood in general in the southern United States during the Depression
  • The novel was published in 1960, just before the peak of the American civil rights movement
questions
Questions
  • Are these issues / struggles still going on today?
  • Is this message still relevant?
mississippi of the north
Mississippi of the North
  • http://thechronicleherald.ca/NovaScotiaBurning/7226319.html
  • http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/burning-cross-ignites-racial-tension-in-nova-scotia/article561115/
  • http://www.thecoaster.ca/News/2010-04-13/article-1500006/Racism-alive-in-Canada/1
  • http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/black-statue-allegedly-lynched-in-effigy-at-leon-s-store-1.1323962
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Maycomb fictional town based on Lee’s Monroeville

  • Chose Truman Capote as the model for Dill
  • Live oak stood behind Monroeville’s elementary school
  • The old Hodge place served as the spooky home of the Radleys
  • Lee’s creation of Atticus – modeled on her father Amasa Lee
    • Symbol of conscience
    • Typifying the Southern idealist confronting the obscenity of racial injustice
what does this mean to you
What does this mean to you?
  • “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view. . . until you climb into his skin and walk around in it”.
unit expectations
Unit Expectations
  • Attendance and participation:
  • Our goal is to be finished reading the book by Friday 10/
  • Tasks:
  • Content Questions
  • Content Quizzes (See calendar for due dates)
  • Group Work: Chapter Presentations
  • Quote Task; Character Task (Group Work); POV Task
  • Film Task
  • Culminating Task: Major Test