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The American Memory Fellows Program from the Library of Congress
This unit guides students on a journey through the Depression Era in the 1930s. Activities familiarize the students with Southern experiences through the study of the novel and African American experiences through the examination of primary sources. Very thorough examination of the novel with specific teaching suggestions. Required time to complete all activities is 4 to 5 weeks, depending on the time allowed for reading the novel. Activities range from 1 to 4 days with several optional extension activities.

Mapping the Mockingbird
This lesson encourages students to study the setting of To Kill a Mockingbird. Students read the novel with an eye to collecting data that creates a mental image of the novel's setting. They catalog objects that are important location references to characters and events in the novel and then use the catalog to construct a physical map of Maycomb. It is suggested that students use databases to maintain their catalog of items.

To Kill a Mockingbird: Then and Now
A very comprehensive site mainly for teachers, as it presents learning strategies and exercises that prepare students for reading the book, and helps students to understand the time and place in which the story is set. Includes: preparation activities, instructional activities, student center, historical archives, discussion groups, and other online resources.

SCORE Guide: To Kill a Mockingbird
The SCORE guides are excellent sources of online links to sites that compliment the major themes, characters, plots, and settings of this and other stories.

English Curriculum Resource Page from the University of New England-Armidale, Australia
This four week unit includes lessons in newspaper and journal writing and many discussion topic and activity suggestions. A portion of the unit involves viewing and comparing the movie version of TKAM to the written
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Other similar instructional suggestions from this site can be found atthe following urls:

lessons in characterization, protest songs, film study and point of view.
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Includes such activities as timelines, plot concept map, character concept map among others:
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A good set of comprehension questions and other activities:
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The Harper Lee Page
Includes a biography of Harper Lee, synopsis of the book, lesson plans, discussion groups, background information, geographical and movie information. Unique and comprehensive treatment.

Philanthropy and English Language Arts,Paula/Unit1/unitover.html
This unit was developed to examine the theme of philanthropy in the novel To Kill a Mockingbird. Studying the examples of sensitivity and philanthropy in this book promotes discussion of the books?other contrasting themes of racism and prejudice.

Headlines From To Kill a Mockingbird
A simple single class period lesson idea on newspaper writing and TKAM

Using the program Inspiration to Illustrate TKAM
If your school has a the concept mapping computer program Inspiration, this lesson walks students through creating a "character map" for various persons in the story.

Books that compliment or are similar in some way to TKAM:

The Client by John Grisham - Could replace Mockingbird with less motivated readers
Monster by Walter Dean Myers involves the trial of a teenager
Words by Heart by Ouida Sebestyen
More than Meets the Eye by Jeanne Betancourt
The Day That Elvis Came to Town by Jan Marino
All Together Now by Sue Ellen Bridgers
The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman by Ernest Gaines
Let the Circle Be Unbroken by Mildred Taylor (This novel is preceded by "Roll
of Thunder," "Hear My Cry"and followed by "The Road to Memphis")
A Lesson Before Dying by E. Gaines
To Sir with Love by E.R. Braithwaite
A Patch of Blue by Elizabeth Kata
Stranger in the Kingdom by Howard Mosher
The Bomb by Theodore Taylor
Pioneers by Willa Cather
The Contender by Robert Lipsyte
Rats saw god! by Rob Thomas
The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman

Items available in your local libraries that compliment TKAM:

From Cleveland Public Libraries and Cuyahoga County Public Libraries:
All are available at both unless otherwise noted.

Barron's book notes [computer file] / World Library, Inc. (CCPL only)

Castleman, Tamara, 1965- CliffsNotes, To kill a mockingbird Foster City, CA : IDG Books Worldwide, 2000. (CPL only)

Davis, Anita Price. Harper Lee's To kill a Mockingbird Piscataway, N.J. : Research & Education Association, c1994.

Foote, Horton. The Screenplay of To kill a Mockingbird.(CCPL only)

Friedland, Joyce To kill a mockingbird by Harper Lee : a study guide. New Hyde Park, NY : Learning Links, [c1991] (CPL only)

Gillaspy, Mary. To kill a mockingbird : reproducible activity book. Logan, IA : Perfection Form Co., 1990. (CPL only)

Hartley, Mary. Harper Lee's To kill a mockingbird

Johnson, Claudia D. Understanding To kill a mockingbird : a student casebook to issues, sources, and historic documents

Lee, Harper. To kill a mockingbird [sound recording] / by Harper Lee.

Readings on To kill a mockingbird / Terry O'Neill, book editor.

Sergel, Christopher. Harper Lee's To kill a mockingbird; a full-length play. Chicago, Dramatic Pub. Co. [1970]

To kill a mockingbird [videorecording] / a Pakula-Mulligan, Brentwood Productions picture ; directed by Robert Mulligan ; produced by Alan J. Pakula. Universal City, CA : Universal, c1998.

To Kill a Mockinbird [DVD]

Trial and error : an Oxford anthology of legal stories / edited by Fred R. Shapiro and Jane Garry.