I must write a letter from one character to another in the book To Kill a Mockingbird. I have no idea how to approach this though! Help would be brilliant!If it is not to much to ask, I would...

I must write a letter from one character to another in the book To Kill a Mockingbird. I have no idea how to approach this though! Help would be brilliant!

If it is not to much to ask, I would really like it if someone could give me an idea of what the letter might say.

I really am having trouble thinking of any ideas right now. I was thinking maybe something many years later, but I have no idea how I would do that. It would be brilliant if someone could give me an idea for what each of the three paragraphs may contain. 
For example; Paragraph one: Intro. etc. 
Thank you!

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If you're using characters from To Kill a Mockingbird and want to have one write a letter to another years later, a letter from Scout to Dill (or from Dill to Scout) would be relatively easy. Of course, if Scout and Dill got married (which Scout mentions in Chapter 9) they would write letters only if they were apart from each other.

If you're setting up the letter into three paragraphs, maybe the first paragraph could be an update. Scout might write Dill, saying that she's a teacher (or lawyer, writer, mother, etc.) and fill Dill in on what's going on in her life. Then she would ask Dill how his writing career is going, etc. The second paragraph might be reminiscing about the summers in Maycomb. And the third paragraph could be a combination of the two. For example, maybe (if Scout is a teacher) there is a boy in Scout's class that reminds her of Dill, or Boo Radley for that matter. 

You could choose a more unlikely pair. Maybe Calpurnia and Scout continue to write to each other. Or Walter Cunningham Jr. and Scout or Jem and Dill.

In either case, the one writing the letter writes about what he/she is doing now and asks about the other person.

The second paragraph could be about the past or about current events. Since the novel is set in the 1930s, if you place the letter writing at about 1945, Scout would be about 16. 1945 was the end of World War II and Jem would be a bit older. Or for something more poignant for your second paragraph, you could go further and have the letter written on April 29th, 1963. (If you do this, put the date on the letter; in the past, this was a common way of addressing. The date was in the upper left corner and under it was "Dear Scout" or whoever the letter is addressed to.) April 29, 1963 would be one day after Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech. This was an historic moment in American history but it should be more significant for Scout, Jem and Dill because this was at the height of the Civil Rights Movement, a movement which fought for the rights of people like Tom Robinson. With that being the second paragraph, a third could be about the past. Or, maybe the third paragraph could be about Tom Robinson's trial and had it occurred in 1963 or later, maybe Tom would have been found not guilty. 


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