AIM: What makes Mrs. Dubose a multidimentional character?
Journal: One of the biggest life lessons I learned was....
1-10: Journal and share aloud
11-13: Reading minute
14-40 Review and read
40-53: Exit slips and packet work with partners
Materials: Journals, packets, and copies of To Kill a Mockingbird
One primary goal for middle school educators is prepare students for high school, college and life. With the new common core standards in mind and the New York State unit for the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee we developed a plan that prepares students for the rigors ahead. We identified the skills and strategies within the module that correspond with the test topics needed to be successful on the ELA. We created a pacing calendar that will help teachers prepare students for the ELA state assessment, while comprehending this complex text.
In this step toward complete literary analysis students will learn the importance of characterizations and the way in which each character, no matter how minute the role, plays an important role in the grand scheme of a narrative.
I created this organizer to help my students learn the different character types in fiction and understand their connection to the plot.
The front lists definitions, the back is the organizer -- likely needs a little more space per line.
I reviewed conflict (internal/external), then conflict in To Kill a Mockingbird (the book we're reading)
Then we reviewed the plot mountain/inciting incident
Next, we read over the character types and examples, then I asked for suggestions for characters from TKAM. Scout as the protagonist was easy. My 9th graders found the antagonist more challenging.
I put the kids into pairs and circulated. It takes about 15-25 minutes to find examples for each character, their traits, and how they contribute to the plot.
Students will create a chart of 5 different cause and effect relationships they find in “To Kill a Mockingbird” identifying quotes to support each relationship. Understanding cause and effect relationships can help students to predict what will happen in a text and analyze how events are contingent on each other. Students will be able to understand what could have changed the outcome and relate it to situations in their lives.