Teaching To Kill a Mockingbird provides an opportunity for courageous conversations about race, justice, bias, and systemic racism. Facing History’s study guide "Teaching Mockingbird" provides the resources and strategies to allow this multidisciplinary exploration of Harper Lee’s novel. It interweaves civic education, ethical reflection, historical context, and literary exploration to deepen students' understanding of the novel and illuminates fundamental questions of human behavior.
At this seminar, teachers will:
- Receive a copy of Teaching Mockingbird
- Experience and develop skills to effectively facilitate conversations about race
- Connect the novel with current events
- Learn Common Core-aligned literacy strategies
- Examine bias
- Explore primary sources from the historical time period
- Identify the dominant narrative the book raises and the layers that allow for critical reflection
- Participate in an adult learning community for exploring tough issues
- Learn how to facilitate in a way which will elevate more voices inside and outside the classroom
- Have small-group support with specific adaptation of the curricula and strategies for their unique classroom situation
A Special Note: To Kill a Mockingbird remains a widely taught novel across America and "Teaching Mockingbird" is one of our most downloaded resources. However, we know some schools are having thoughtful conversations at this time about whether or not to continue teaching the book, in part because of the voices that are not included in the novel itself. "Teaching Mockingbird" includes primary sources that provide first-person experiences from African American voices of that period. If your school is having this type of discussion about the novel, we encourage you to reach out to us in advance. We are happy to be a thought partner as you make that decision so that you know the seminar will be the right fit for you.
This seminar is particularly relevant for high school teachers of English/Language Arts, Ethnic Studies, and US History.