I am a rookie teacher preparing to teach TKAM for the first time. I am excited but apprehensive about two aspects of the unit.
The first is establishing historical and cultural context through pre-reading activities. I'd planned to discuss the Scottsboro trial, Harper Lee's biography, and perhaps read some oral histories from people who lived in the 1930s south. I'm having some difficulty figuring out how many days to devote to pre-reading and how to make the activities more student-centered.
My other question involves the numerous vocabulary words. How have teachers introduced, reviewed, and assessed vocabulary in this work? I am loath to devote too much of our class time to focus on vocab, but want to be sure students are "getting it."
Any suggestions from experienced teachers would be most appreciated!
The enotes study guide and lesson plan would be a great help in planning the time allotted for the various chapters of the book. As for the vocabulary, there is a wonderful site made by a literature class in the the United States which is very user-friendly:
student survival guide + to kill a mockingbird -
I am presently teaching 'To Kill a Mockingbird,' and my students find preparing in advance the chapters to read with tasks sheets using this site very helpful. Information is either accessible by chapter or under the titles Vocabulary, Idioms and Allusions.