Join us for our online course, Teaching To Kill a Mockingbird, which will help you bring a fresh approach to exploring Harper Lee’s classic work with your students. Using our free accompanying resource, "Teaching Mockingbird," you will learn how to incorporate historical context, literacy strategies, and moral development theory into your teaching in ways that deepen students’ understanding of the novel, enrich their knowledge of history, and illuminate fundamental questions of human behavior.
By the end of this course, you will:
Understand how to use Facing History’s scope and sequence framework to teach To Kill a Mockingbird
Be able to pair the novel with innovative strategies, historical context, primary sources, and informational texts
Experience resources and discussions you can model in your own classroom that apply the themes of moral growth and decision-making to both the characters in the novel and students' own lives
Who should take this course: 6-12th grade English language arts, humanities, US history, and world history teachers and curriculum specialists.
Cost: Free. The registration fee and event fee for this online course have been waived thanks to generous funding from Facing History and Ourselves donors and partner organizations.
Duration: 6 weeks. There is a new session each week. The first week's session is designed to welcome you to the course, introduce you to Facing History, and connect you with other educators in the course. Weeks two through six are designed so that you will engage with course-related readings, videos, and other resources and leave with concrete strategies and lesson plan ideas to implement in your classroom. Sessions begin on Thursday and end on the following Wednesday.
Time Commitment: Approximately 1 hour for week 1. Approximately 3 to 4 hours per week for weeks 2 through 6.
Pacing: Self-paced, asynchronous with facilitated discussions and optional synchronous live learning sessions in Zoom.
Accessibility: Facing History is committed to creating and maintaining a welcoming and inclusive educational environment for educators of all abilities. If you have an accessibility need, please contact us at [email protected].
Certificate of Completion: Awarded upon successful completion of the course for 20 professional development hours. Requirements for professional development hours vary by state. It is the educator's responsibility to ensure that they are meeting the requirements of their state.
If you are an educator based in New York, after taking this course you are eligible for 20 CTLE hours. If you are an educator based in Illinois, after taking this course, you are eligible for up to 20 clock hours. Please contact us at [email protected] for more information.
Graduate Credit: 3 graduate credits are available through the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs and require an additional project and fees. For more information about graduate credit, check out our graduate credit guide.