To Kill a Mockingbird: A Historical Perspective
Students gain a sense of the living history that surrounds the novel To Kill a Mockingbird. Through studying primary source materials from American Memory and other online resources, students of all backgrounds may better grasp how historical events and human forces have shaped relationships between black and white, and rich and poor cultures of our country.
This unit guides students on a journey through the Depression Era in the 1930s. Activities familiarize the students with Southern experiences through the study of the novel and African American experiences through the examination of primary sources.
Teaching Poetry Through Rap
Using rap to teach poetry is fun, engaging and challenging. Rap engages our students and it enhances their understanding of poetic devices. Rap, specifically, can contain internal and external rhyme, assonance, consonance, simile, metaphor and much more.
Strange Fruit by Billie Holliday Lesson Plan
This lesson helps students learn about lynching and its relationship to racism in American history and to appreciate the ways in which jazz contributed to the political awareness of the American public.
With Your Own Two Hands
Using Ben Harper’s “With My Own Two Hands” (as well as John Mayer’s “Waiting On The World To Change”), students ponder their roles in changing the world. After analyzing how a variety of important people changed the world, students evaluate the tools they possess to change the world and how realistic it is for them to actually do it. The final product is an original poem, taken through the writing process, in which students express their feelings about this topic.
Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow Poems
Comparing three songs with symbolic meanings about the past, present and future and then writing poems.
My Adidas: Letting Your Possessions Tell Your Story
Students will learn about personification by using the song "My Adidas," written by Run D.M.C. Students will then write poems using personification.
To Kill a Mockingbird Student Survival Guide
This website has been set up to be an annotation to the text of the novel. As you travel through the site, you'll find more than 400 annotations to help you get more out of your reading. Many of the annotations contain links to pictures or other websites to further help you in understanding your reading. Click away, learn, and have fun!
Online Reading Activities
Create your own virtual class for students in grades 1-12 that allows them to interact with fun & interactive reading activities that will improve reading comprehension.