Teaching TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD? Here are some tools…

LITERACY AND THE COMMON COREI’ve met a bunch of folks recently who are planning to teach Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird this year, and several have been kind enough to share their resources.


1) First, there is a whole book devoted to the subject, by my friends Susan Chenelle and Audrey Fisch!

Here is a blurb from their flyer:

“IF YOU ARE TEACHING TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD NEXT YEAR, now is a great time to order the first volume in our series, Using Informational Text to Teach To Kill a Mockingbird, and start thinking about how it can enhance your study of Harper Lee’s classic novel while helping you meet the Common Core standard for informational text. Click here for more details about this book full of classroom-ready units.

“IF YOU ARE THINKING ABOUT REVAMPING YOUR CURRICULUM, check out our website and our blog for strategies for finding great informational texts to use in any unit and then setting your students up for successful engagement with them. We also offer ideas for teaching key vocabulary in meaningful and engaging ways and how to use multimedia with written informational texts in the classroom. Check out our sample units based on TKAM as well as our “Text to Text” feature on A Raisin in the Sun on the New York Times Learning Network, for models.”


2) Second, check out Socratic Seminar Questions on To Kill a Mockingbird from Jamie Sterlacci at Great Oaks Charter HS in Newark. For more information on how to run Socratic Seminars effectively, check out the TLC “Socratic Seminars” page.

In a future blog post, I will say more about teaching novels in general. For now, if you haven’t seen the dozens and dozens of resources on the TLC “Analyzing Literature” page and the “Literary Response Paper Guide” page, I highly recommend you check them out!

Finally, if you have any TKAM materials to share, please chime in or Email me at sarahtantillo@literacycookbook.com

About theliteracycookbook

In addition to this blog, I am the creator of THE LITERACY COOKBOOK Website (www.literacycookbook.com) and ONLY GOOD BOOKS Blog (http://onlygoodbooks.wordpress.com/), and the author of THE LITERACY COOKBOOK: A Practical Guide to Effective Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening Instruction (Jossey-Bass, 2012), LITERACY AND THE COMMON CORE: Recipes for Action (Jossey-Bass, 2014), and USING GRAMMAR TO IMPROVE WRITING: Recipes for Action (BookBaby, 2018). Check out my Website for more information about my consulting work.
This entry was posted in Curriculum, ELA Common Core Standards, Nonfiction, Novels, Reading Informational Text, Reading Literature, Resources, Socratic Seminars, TLC Website Resources, TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s