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Copy of To Kill A Mockingbird Intro

A introductory lesson to the novel covering author, time period, and a supplemental poem for 9th grade

Rachael Ulmer

on 6 June 2013

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Transcript of Copy of To Kill A Mockingbird Intro

By Harper Lee To Kill A Mockingbird The 1930's and Racism Racism was very prevalent in the 1930's. Although slavery had been abolished and many new opportunities were given to minorities with The New Deal, tensions still mounted between races. Context Needed for understanding To Kill A Mockingbird Cultural Differences Between the North and the South -After the Civil War and into the 1930s, the South is still an agricultural society. Wealth came from cotton, tobacco, rice, and sugar Who is Harper Lee? Who is Harper Lee? Objective:

Students will be able to apply historical context to a poem Examples of Jim Crow Laws include:

- “It shall be unlawful for a negro and white person to play together or in company with each other in any game of cards or dice, dominoes or checkers.”
-Birmingham, Alabama, 1930
-"A black male could not offer his hand (to shake hands) with a white male because it implied being socially equal." When the economy collapsed, many farmers went bankrupt, and found themselves competing for a living with black, landless African Americans. Characters Class work
Homework Begin reading chapter 1 in class. Finish chapters 1 - 3 for homework
Take at least 5 notes every night on your reading. Answer the short response in at least 5 sentences. Born in 1926 and grew up in Monroeville, Alabama. This small southern town has striking similarities to the town of Maycomb described in To Kill A Mockingbird Published To Kill A Mockingbird in 1960. It won the Pulitzer Prize in 1961. The novel was made into a major motion picture in 1962 and was nominated for 8 Academy Awards. Harper Lee has never published another work of fiction. In 1961 The Library of Congress conducted a survey of book readers. Readers were asked to cite books that made a difference in their lives. To Kill A Mockingbird was the most cited book after the Bible. "A writer should write about what he knows and write truthfully"
-Harper Lee Racist actions included: segregation (in schools, buses, neighborhoods, etc.), public lynchings, many instances of wrongful accusations for crimes, and Jim Crow Laws. The story takes place from 1933 - 1935 (Great Depression). The rural South was the region most affected by the economic depression. The past is still STRONGLY alive in the minds of characters, and the moral and social issues that arise stem from the Civil War which ended only 60 years before. -Southerners justified the practice of slavery, arguing that the black race was inferior and that Africans were lucky to have been imported to America because it brought them into contact with Christianity. Southern whites tended to think their black slaves were ignorant, simple-minded, lazy, irresponsible, and in need of guidance.
This attitude can be seen throughout To Kill A Mockingbird Context Concluded Lee's novel is not an attack on white southern culture. Rather, she's quite affectionate and nostalgic about many southern traditions. But she made a point to set the novel in this time and place. It's something we as readers need to keep in our mind at all time! This would not be the same story without the context Jean Louise "Scout" Finch Jem Finch Atticus Arthur "Boo" Radley Tom Robinson Point of View Themes -Protagonist and narrator
-tomboy, age 6-8
-struggles with many of the difficult situations which arise in the story
-her insight as a child offers readers a unique perspective on a very serious situation -Scout's older brother
-10-12 years old
-"comes of age" during this novel. In other words, Jem is forced to grown up and pass from childhood into adulthood as a result of the serious situation that occurs in Maycomb
-Offers a more mature perspective than Scout -Jem and Scout's father (They refer to him as "Atticus" rather than Dad, or Pop, or Father)
-Fair parent who always listens to both sides of a story before making a decision
-His family comes from wealthy plantation money
-Major role = He is asked to defend a black man who is accused of raping a white girl -character shrouded in mystery, rumors, and gossip
-Hasn't come out of his house in years
-People in Maycomb assume he is crazy
His character has a major role in the plot of Part I -Black man accused of raping a white girl
-common farm worker
-married with children
-Readers don't meet him until the second half of the novel -Novel begins in Scout's adult voice, but switches rapidly to her 6 year old perspective
-As readers, we will have our own perspective that we bring to the story because we already know so much about the Civil War, Slavery, and the Civil Rights Movement.
-Atticus constantly asks his children to consider things from other people's point of view. In a way, Harper Lee is asking us as reader to do the same. Prejudice
Intolerance/Tolerance Themes Continued Classism
Women and Femininity
"Coming of Age" Final Thoughts on Theme Fear
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