To Kill A Mockingbird Pre Reading Assignments

Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird
Lesson plans and teaching resources

Snow Falling on Cedars
Students compare the film Snow Falling on Cedars with To Kill a Mockingbird . The handouts at this site require MS-Word or compatible application for access.

Spend a Day in My Shoes: Exploring the Role of Perspective in Narrative
Students examine a variety of shoes and envision what the owner would look like, such as their appearance, actions, etc. They then write a narrative, telling the story of a day in the shoe owner's life. Good pre-reading activity.

Suggestions for Pairing Contemporary Music and Canonical Literature
A list of songs that were inspired by reading literature. Organized by the last name of the author (e.g. Chinua Achebe, William Butler Yeats), the list includes song title, performer, year of release, and more. The list includes 8 songs inspired by To Kill a Mockingbird .

Studying To Kill a Mockingbird
This comprehensive guide includes background information; chapter-by-chapter questions; character analysis; discussion of theme, technique, viewpoint, and structure; possible exam questions, and a thoughtful discussion of racism and language in the novel.

Symbolism and Aphorisms
Using text-free bookmarks to better understand symbolism.

Tea with Miss Alexandra
Students assume the identity of a character from the novel, bring a Southern-style dish, and have dinner as a prelude to writing a character analysis. Click on the title.

Text to Text: To Kill a Mockingbird and "History of Lynchings in the South Documents Nearly 4,000 Names"
This lesson plan pairs Chapter 15 of the novel with a nonfiction New York Times article on the Equal Justice Initiative report documenting the history of racial lynching in the United States.

To Kill a Mockingbird
Historical background, author biography, related works, discussion questions, related resources, and a thorough teacher's guide. These materials were prepared as part of the NEA Big Read.

To Kill a Mockingbird
Comprehension questions and vocabulary practice organized by chapters, and a final writing prompt.

To Kill a Mockingbird
A generous collection of reading strategies and activities, including an anticipation guide, a directed reading-thinking activity, a KWHL activity, a magic squares vocabulary activity, and much more.

To Kill a Mockingbird
Objectives, suggestions for a multigenre Web project, rubric, and more.

To Kill a Mockingbird
Study questions grouped by chapter.

To Kill a Mockingbird
A list of post-reading activities, organized by level of difficulty.

To Kill a Mockingbird
This digital booktalk (1:30) can serve as a prereading activity.

To Kill a Mockingbird
This study guide is designed to accompany a theatrical production and includes activities that will work in any classroom. Pre-reading activities, biography of Harper Lee, character analysis activities, historical background, and analysis of themes. 23 pages; Adobe Reader required.

To Kill a Mockingbird
A list of 9 book-club-style discussion questions.

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To Kill A Mockingbird: Pre-reading Group Research Activity

Objectives: Students will participate with group members in presenting an oral report of research on a topic related to our next novel: To Kill A Mockingbird. Students will utilize teamwork and leadership skills in order to produce a high quality, engaging presentation. Students will properly use technology to assist in their research, and they will properly MLA cite all of their sources used. Students will listen to, take notes on, and provide comments on the presentations given.


  • #1 The Depression Era
  • #2 Life in The South in The 1930s
  • #3 Civil Rights Movement Part 1
  • #4 Civil Rights Movement Part 2
  • #5 Civil Rights Movement Part 3
  • #6 Scottsboro Boys Trial; The 6th Amendment
  • #7 Harper Lee
  • #8 Then, Then, & Now
  • #9 Language & vocabulary

Whichever topic you are assigned, your task is to:

  • Create a clear, engaging presentation with visuals
    •  (a ppt, prezi, brochure, video you make, etc…)
  • Clearly explain your topic and its significance based on your researched
  • Use a minimum of 3 reliable sources for information
    • Visit for resources
  • Include all of your sources on a works cited page that is properly formatted in MLA format
  • Give your information of logical sequence of events
  • Give a presentation of appropriate:
    • Length (5-9 minutes)
    • Volume (loud enough so everyone can hear)
    • Engagement (you interest the audience in your topic, & hold their interest; participation)
    • Clarity in Visuals (make sure the font and colors are easy to read)

You MUST be prepared to turn in & present projection on the following dates, no exceptions.

Period 1: Tuesday 12/11

Period 3, 4: Wednesday 12/12

Period 5, 6: Thursday 12/13


MLA HELP: Purdue Owl or download another copy of the MLA Handout

The Scottsboro Trials

The Great Depression

Civil Rights History

The South in the 1930s

The 1950s & Now

Harper Lee

To Kill A Mockingbird Vocabulary & Language

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