The Legacy of To Kill a Mockingbird: Continuing Atticus’s Fight for Justice

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Tom Robinson was only one man in Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird, but he represents many people throughout history who have not found justice in the American justice system. Language arts students discuss the theme of social justice with a novel review activity that culminates in a final essay about how the book's setting affected the ill-fated trial of Tom Robinson.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Use the lesson in a broad unit on social justice and improving one's community
  • Have learners research additional examples of false imprisonment
Classroom Considerations
  • Lesson is designed to take place at the end of a novel unit
  • Requires access to the Internet to view the introductory video
Pros
  • Encourages class members to connect literature with their real lives
  • Addresses the literary themes of To Kill a Mockingbird as well as word choice and language
Cons
  • None