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“Hmp, maybe we need a police force of children… you children last night made Walter Cunningham stand in my shoes for a minute. That was enough.” Chapter 16 page 168
Themes of To Kill a Mockingbird
"It's a sin to kjll a mockingbird"
It's a sin to kill a mockingbird because they make lovely music for us to enjoy, never harm and/or annoy anyone.
The mockingbirds symbolize peace, and innocence, two themes that make up the novel which later lead us onto Boo Radley and Tom Robinson and how they represent mockingbirds
Climbing into someone's skin, walking in someone's shoes
1. “Atticus was right. One time he said you never really know a man until you stand in his shoes and walk around in them. Just standing on the Radley porch was enough.” Chapter 31 page 294
Roots of To Kill Mockingbird
The tree signifies the build up of themes throughout the plot that make up the novel and the signification of the title,
To Kill a Mockingbird
You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view . . . until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.- Chapter 3 page 36
look at the world from their perspective and consider their thinking and feelings on the situation
Atticus is essentially saying you cannot assume that you know everything about someone before you empathize with them
Scout realizes the love, at times sympathy, and protection that Boo offered the children though out the story.
To step inside someone's skin means to consider the situation from the other person's perspective
consider their feelings and thoughts on the situation
helps with our interactions with others and strengthens our relationships
Having empathy makes a better community around us.
Nelson Mandela
a victim of apartheid
put in jail for 27 years
suffered injustice, abandonment, and defeat
His empathy with his people led him to a strong and victorious campaign against the government
Empathy is the ability to look at the world from someone else's perspective.
To understand their beliefs, their fears, their experiences etc.
The innocence of the children made Walter Cunningham see things from Atticus's perspective
It took only a moment for Walter Cunningham to consider Atticus's thoughts about Tom Robinson's case.
This is important to Tom because it saved him his life.
What is bravery?

Well, it’d be sort of like shootin‘ a mockingbird, wouldn’t it?”
Scout is asking Atticus this question about Boo Radley because she thinks that he is a nice and harmless person

Boo Radley from this quote in Chapter 30 is shown as a true symbol of a mockingbird and his innocence is proven to the readers as he saved Jem

'Yes suh. I felt right sorry for her, she seemed to try more'n the rest of 'em-
Tom Robinson had a lot of pity for Mayella Ewell because she had no one to help her

This quote proved how innocent Tom Robinson was. He felt sorry for Mayella portrayed that he had a caring heart for someone poor like Mayella and wouldn't mind helping her. He caused no harm to Mayella and proved his innocence which makes him a mockingbird
is when someone is doing something when they know it is right, even if they are afraid to do it.
is fighting for what you believe in. It is a courageous behaviour.
People like


are very brave and courageous fighters for equality and democracy.
Global Warming
Humans also empathize with animals when we think of how we’re harming their habitats, therefore we make initiatives to re-establish their ecosystems.
There are many things we can do everyday that can help reduce global warming. By making small changes in the way we eat or use energy, we can begin to ease the pressure on our natural resources.
There are many campaigns that want to help stop global warming . e.g. two major ones are WWF and Greenpeace.
World Wildlife Fund or World Wide Fund For Nature
" The one thing that doesn't abide by majority rule is a person's conscience."
Atticus simply means that every person has the ability to make up his or her mind despite pressure from others. He believes that good people have the courage to stand up for what they believe in even if there are risks
Atticus is a perfect match for this quote. It signifies how Atticus defended Tom Robinson when everyone said that he was guilty.
Personal connection(True Story)
The Ultimate Test

1. What did Miss Maudie say mockingbirds do to Jem and Scout that signifies the title of the novel?

2. Why do you think the author chose this title instead of a much simpler one?

3. Why is Scout considered brave?

4. What was Atticus's intention when he tells Scout to look from another's perspective?

5. What are 2 types of empathy from the video?

6. For what reason is empathy important?

7. Name 2 characters who show empathy in To Kill a Mockingbird.
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