Grade 10- To Kill a Mockingbird?

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  1. newteacher88

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    Hi all,
    I'm a student teacher who will be teaching To Kill a Mockingbird in January. I love this book so much, and I'm really excited to teach it, but I'm a little stuck on activities and incorporating skills for my students. Can anyone throw a little advice or some suggestions my way? Thanks!!

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  3. ku_alum

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    I don't teach this, but love the novel. It is a tough read for many students.

    I highly recommend searching on the English Companion Ning for TKaM ideas. http://englishcompanion.ning.com/
     
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    :yeahthat:

    The ECN is an endless source of information. I've only taught the novel once, and that was to a low-level class, so we used the screenplay. You might incorporate that a bit--have students act out some of the scenes.
     
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    I have taught this before for my 8th grade Honors Students, and I have them read the book at home, and then discuss significant parts in the novel and answering questions the students do not understand. I have them write a paper on the use of juxtaposition, and some references of the Civil Rights movements have also been a big help. And, after they read, I usually show the movie. Also, symbolism is heavy in this novel, so have the students dive deeper into the meaning of the novel is great, too.
     
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  6. sizzla_222

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    My wife taught this to her freshmen students. The students seemed to really like it once they got into the court case...

    She did a lot of things like making an argument - using evidence from the book, is he guilty or not guilty...

    She also did theme, moral issues, character building, character that kind of thing.
     
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    My daughters had to rewrite a chapter of the book from the perspective of a different character. They both loved the assignment and really made them understand the novel, and the characters.
     
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    Agreed! I can't tell you how invaluable the ECN is to me! It's a must have bookmark for any English teacher!
     

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