To Kill A Mockingbird, written by Harper Lee and published in 1960, has become a classic among classics! This is the story of warmth and humor despite dealing with serious issues which include racial inequality. This book is read throughout the country in most High Schools as a freshman or sophomore level book. We have chosen to include this book as an adapted version so that students who are struggling readers, can have access to the same materials as their peers. We encourage everyone to use as much of the grade level text as possible, but use the adapted and abridged versions that we've included here in this Unit to support students and bridge them to a greater understanding of this classic novel.
This video gives an overview of the book and the storyteller giving you a bit of background of the way that she was introduced to To Kill A Mockingbird, and how it became of one her all time favorite books.
Length of Video: 2:08
This video is a great way to introduce discrimination to students. This is a classic Dr. Seuss video, and though it is a funny way to look at discrimination and segregation, it will assist in starting a discussion of the topic and help to move into an introduction of the book. When you click on the link, you will be taken to the amara.org website. You will need to stay within that website to keep the captions for this video. Click on the instructions below to see how this can be used in your classroom. Please remember, these captions are NOT "auto" captions that YouTube does. These captions have been typed to follow the video so that students can have access to the information. We have searched for copyright information with due diligence and are unable to find a publisher of the video in order to ask permission to add captions to make it accessible to Deaf students.
Directions for using the Sneetches video.
This is a powerpoint intended to help introduce the time period in which the book, To Kill A Mockingbird is set.
This is the abridged version of the book that was posted online. Feel free to use this version of the text as a way to scaffold up to the grade level text.
This is the adapted version of the text. The chapter worksheets that are included, were made using THIS version of the book. For struggling readers, this is where you would begin, and then, after reading a chapter in this version, move to the abridged version and once a student is able to read the abridged version, the grade level text would be next. It is not necessary to read all three versions. They are simply supplied here for your use as you see fit to meet your student's needs.
This is being included for use for those students who need a greater challenge than the worksheets for each chapter provide. Glencoe has created this Unit that can be used as a supplement to materials that have been provided within this unit.
This is an additional unit that has been created by a group of teachers and posted online for others to use. It again goes beyond the adapted text, and addresses information in the grade level text that you may find useful. Although there may be portions that would not work with your specific population, there are ideas and lesson plans included that could prove to be very useful.