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Lordoftheflies101013b. Lesson: Maycomb's Ways: Setting as Moral Universe. Overview Literary critic Wayne C.

Lesson: Maycomb's Ways: Setting as Moral Universe

Booth writes that the plots of great stories “are built out of the characters’ efforts to face moral choices. In tracing those efforts, we readers stretch our own capacities for thinking about how life should be lived.”1 In order to understand the moral choices depicted in To Kill a Mockingbird, we must first look at both the identities of those making moral choices and the context in which they are made. In other words, we must start by examining character and setting. Just as character includes more than surface traits, setting goes well beyond simply establishing the time and place of the novel. This lesson explores the setting of To Kill a Mockingbird in order to understand the moral choices that characters make in the novel. Activities 1. Read Excerpt: Atticus explaining to Scout why he must take the Robinson case seriously (Chapter 9) How does Atticus explain his choice?

Lesson: Moral Growth: A Framework for Character Analysis. Overview Teaching Mockingbird suggests a central question around which a class’s study of Harper Lee’s novel can be organized: What factors influence our moral growth?

Lesson: Moral Growth: A Framework for Character Analysis

What kinds of experiences help us learn how to judge right from wrong? As students read and reflect on the novel, they return to this question and can begin to make deeper and broader connections between the novel and their own moral and ethical lives. They begin by considering the pivotal moments in their lives that shape who they are and their senses of right and wrong. Then they analyze how the characters in To Kill A Mockingbird change over the course of the story, identifying pivotal moments in the story that influence how the characters think about morality and justice. The complete Teaching Mockingbird guide also introduces models of moral development that have emerged from the field of developmental psychology, which students can use as the basis for even deeper character analysis.

Activity. Justice for all?: To Kill a Mockingbird and A Time to Kill. Learning outcomes After viewing the courtroom scene in each movie, students will be able to: recognize and identify examples of prejudice. identify verbal and non-verbal persuasive tactics. identify similarities and differences in each trial. identify cultural factors that influenced each verdict. select an issue and take a stance which reflects the viewpoint of the particular period.

Justice for all?: To Kill a Mockingbird and A Time to Kill

Teacher planning Time required for lesson 3 days Materials/resources. To Kill a Mockingbird Activities and Comprehensive Teacher Guide. A Quick Synopsis of To Kill a Mockingbird (Contains Plot Spoilers) The classic story of To Kill a Mockingbird has touched generations since it was written in the late 1950’s.

To Kill a Mockingbird Activities and Comprehensive Teacher Guide

Set during the great depression, in Maycomb, Alabama, the story centers around the Finch family. Atticus, the father, a prominent lawyer, takes a case defending an innocent black man. Although Atticus clearly proves his client is innocent, the all-white jury still convicts the defendant. Atticus is raising his two young children, Scout, and Jem. Scout, Atticus’ young daughter, also at this time has a fascination with the Radley home. The story climaxes when Bob Ewell, the man who framed Tom, seeks out Scout to take revenge for Atticus making a mockery of him in court. Finally, Scout knows and understands Boo. Essential Questions for To Kill a Mockingbird. Integrating Quotations into Sentences. You should never have a quotation standing alone as a complete sentence, or, worse yet, as an incomplete sentence, in your writing.

Integrating Quotations into Sentences

IVCC's Style Book explains this concept well with a good analogy that describes quotations as helium balloons. We all know what happens when you let go of a helium balloon: it flies away. In a way, the same thing happens when you present a quotation that is standing all by itself in your writing, a quotation that is not "held down" by one of your own sentences. The quotation will seem disconnected from your own thoughts and from the flow of your sentences. Ways to integrate quotations properly into your own sentences are explained below.

There are at least four ways to integrate quotations. 1. Curriculet. General Novel Questions. 50 Inspiring Films You Should Show Your Students. Whether you are looking for a movie to support a lesson you've been teaching or a book your class has read, or if you would like to offer a reward for hard work well done, these movies offer education, inspiration, entertainment, and sometimes, even a warning.

50 Inspiring Films You Should Show Your Students

Most of these films are appropriate for high school and college-aged students, but some are even great for the younger set. Be sure to preview them yourself if you have concerns about content. History and Social Studies There is plenty of inspiration to be found in these stories, some fictional and some true, that depict historical events or people. Schindler's List. Survival These stories of survival serve as an inspiration to any viewer and work well with almost any lesson plan. Into the Wild. Health and Environment Show your students these films to inspire them to learn about responsible care for their bodies and the environment. Super Size Me. English Romeo + Juliet. Shmoop. Share Book Recommendations With Your Friends, Join Book Clubs, Answer Trivia. The world's best literature guides, created by the original editors of SparkNotes.