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To Kill a Mockingbird: Project Options
You must choose ONE of the following projects to complete individually. Themajority of your work will be completed outside of class. All final projects must be typed, unless it is part of a scrapbook or sketch. This will be due the day of the review of the book. I HIGHLY suggest not waiting until the night before to complete these projects. Let me know what you plan on doing when we hit Part 2 in the story.
1. 3-D Map Construct a three-dimensional map of Maycomb. Accurately place and label streets, houses, the courthouse, and the school. Put numbered markers where three critical events took place and type a one-page paper describing each event and how it relates to one of the major themes of the novel. This should be typed, double-spaced.
2. CD Make a CD of four songs dealing with 4 of the 5 following themes:
- human understanding/compassion
- growing up/learning to do the right thing
A paper must accompany your CD explaining why each selection is appropriate for the theme and how the theme connects to TKM. Your write-ups should be approximately one page typed for each song. Make sure you include how each set of lyrics and the music exemplify the chosen theme and how the theme is illustrated in the book. Be sure you include excerpts from the book to help you demonstrate your reasons for choosing each musical piece. Also include a copy of the lyrics for each song you choose.
3. Newspaper Article Write a newspaper article on one of the following:
- Growing up in the South in the 1930’s (possible people to interview: Scout, Jem, Dill)
- Racism in the South in the 1930’s (possible people to interview: Tom, Cal, Rev. Sykes)
- Being a woman in the 1930’s (possible people to interview: Miss Maudie, Aunt Alexandra, Mayella, Cal)
- The effects of the Great Depression (possible people to interview: any character in the novel)
Pretend you are a reporter sent on an assignment, and you must ask questions and interview people to produce an interesting article. You can “quote” your source(s) frequently, but make a good story out of it. Your article must be at least one page typed (double-spaced) and have a headline.
4. Scrapbook Create a scrapbook of Scout or Boo’s life. The scrapbook should include pictures, letters, mementos, poetry, cards, etc. It will have lots of creative writing (5 minimum pieces of poetry, journal entries, letters, etc) and be a true representation of the character and his/her life. You need 20 items total (at least 5 must be pieces of writing). Include captions for each item in the scrapbook. This is a creative piece of work and needs to show an artistic flair. Each page in your scrapbook must be visually pleasing and have pertinent information about the character you have chosen.
5. Illustrations Select three themes out of the following: courage, education, growing up, revenge, prejudice, superstition. Find an event in the story that brings out or shows each theme. Draw an illustration (full page, in color) of each event. Write a full page, typed, double-spaced explanation for each illustration telling how the event exemplifies the theme. You will need to use supporting evidence from the book that the events chosen are appropriate examples of the theme.
6. Poems Select five characters in the novel, and write a poem about each one. Consider the following characters: Scout, Tom Robinson, Boo Radley, Atticus, Mayella Ewell, Mrs. Dubose, Jem. Poems should give insight to each character and not simply retell the events of the novel. Be creative and include symbolism and imagery. Each one should be about a page in poem format.
7. Jury Deliberations Write the dialogue that might have taken place in the jury room while the jurors were deliberating Tom’s fate. This needs to be a minimum of three, typed. Double-spaced pages and it needs to include descriptions of the jurors. You will need to include the way you think the voting took place and how you believe the jury came to their conclusion. Be specific and use excerpts of dialogue from the trial as you think they might have been used during their deliberations.
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These are some project options for the end of the novel To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee that my students do.