To Kill a Mockingbird: Themes of the Novel

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Can literacy combat prejudice and provide justice? Readers are asked to identify five themes in Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird. Included in the list of suggested responses are race, justice, literacy/illiteracy, and gender. Discussion questions are suggested for each topic. The ninth in a 10-lesson unit study of the novel.

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  • Before beginning this session, prepare a mini-lesson modeling for class members on how to distinguish between a theme and a topic, how to recognize the theme of a work, and the tools to use to determine a theme

  • More scaffolding is needed for most readers to successfully identify the themes in the novel

  • The lesson assumes that class members are familiar with and can identify various themes in a piece of literature