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1) Read the novel excerpts and the related texts together in groups or as a class

2) Clarify meaning in groups or as a class. Student/Teacher reads. Student summarizes

3) In pairs or in groups, discuss the textual content and quotations

4) In pairs or in groups, discuss the conversation questions (include your own questions)

5) As a class, take turns using the conversation questions to expand your ideas

Novels 102 ~ To kill a Mockingbird ~ Harper Lee ~

Courtesy of  Sparknotes


Maycomb was an old town, but it was a tired old town when I first knew it. In rainy weather the streets turned to red slop . . . [s]omehow it was hotter then . . . bony mules hitched to Hoover carts flicked flies in the sweltering shade of the live oaks on the square. Men¡¯s stiff collars wilted by nine in the morning. Ladies bathed before noon, after their three-o¡¯clock naps, and by nightfall were like soft teacakes with frostings of sweat and sweet talcum. . . . There was no hurry, for there was nowhere to go, nothing to buy and no money to buy it with, nothing to see outside the boundaries of Maycomb County. But it was a time of vague optimism for some of the people: Maycomb County had recently been told that it had nothing to fear but fear itself.

-Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird


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.

-Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird



¡°Remember it¡¯s a sin to kill a mockingbird.¡± That was the only time I ever heard Atticus say it was a sin to do something, and I asked Miss Maudie about it. ¡°Your father¡¯s right,¡± she said. ¡°Mockingbirds don¡¯t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy . . . but sing their hearts out for us. That¡¯s why it¡¯s a sin to kill a mockingbird.¡±

-Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

¡°When they finally saw him, why he hadn¡¯t doneany of those things . . . Atticus, he was real nice. . . .¡± His hands were under my chin, pulling up the cover, tucking it around me. ¡°Most people are, Scout, when you finally see them.¡± He turned out the light and went into Jem¡¯s room. He would be there all night, and he would be there when Jem waked up in the morning.

-Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird



Click here for Author¡¯s Biography, Plot Overview, and Explanation of Quotes courtesy of Sparknotes


~ General Conversation Questions ~


Group A


1) One character in this story is a single father. How would this affect a family? Discuss.

2) Another character is a recluse, rarely ever leaving his house. What would cause someone to be this way?

3) Some of this story takes place during summer vacation. What did you do during vacation as a child?

4) Some of the characters in this story suffer extreme poverty. Does this ever occur in your country?

5) How is bullying dealt with in the schools in your country? Have you ever had any such experiences?


Group B


1) One character in this story has been falsely accused of a crime. Do you know of any such story?

2) ¡°Family ancestry¡± is an important theme in this novel. How important is it to you/your family?

3) One character is described as ¡°extremely rude¡± What do you think makes a person become this way?

4) The court in this story has a judge, jury, prosecution, and defense. What is the system in your country?

5) One boy in the story suffers a concussion and a broken arm. Were you ever injured as a child? Tell.


Challenge: Make your own follow-up questions and discuss them.




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