To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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Introduction

So you’re going to teach To Kill a Mockingbird. This classic novel is a mainstay of English classrooms and Harper Lee’s most iconic work. Whether it’s your first or hundredth time guiding students through the novel, this text will ensure a rewarding experience for everyone. Teaching To Kill a Mockingbird will expose students to the rhetorical power of literary devices like allusion, narrative voice, and symbolism. Students will also engage with worthwhile themes surrounding gender roles and racial tension in the southern United States during the 1930s. This guide provides some of the most salient aspects of the text before you begin teaching. 

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Facts at a Glance

  • Publication Date: 1960 
  • Recommended Grade Level: 6 and up 
  • Approximate Word Count: 99, 000 
  • Author: Harper Lee 
  • Country of Origin: United States of America 
  • Genre: Bildungsroman, Historical Fiction, Southern Gothic 
  • Conflict: Person vs. Person, Person vs. Self, Person vs. Society 
  • Narration: First-Person 
  • Setting: Maycomb, Alabama, 1933–1935 
  • Structure: Prose Novel 
  • Mood: Lighthearted, Hopeful, Sometimes Dark and Somber


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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain. Though published 75 years before To Kill a Mockingbird, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn offers a biting, if lighthearted, criticism of the racist attitudes of Southern antebellum society. Furthermore, the novel is one of the first in the American literary tradition to be written in coarse,...

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