Teaching Mockingbird


Our study guide and lesson plans will help you use To Kill a Mockingbird to engage students in issues of justice, gender, and race. This collection also offers African American voices, which are absent from Harper Lee’s narrative, to broaden students’ perspectives on this classic novel.

Teaching To Kill a Mockingbird through a historical lens helps students make connections between history and our world today.

The Teaching Mockingbird guide is packed with rich primary sources that build historical context, engaging multimedia resources, and student-centered teaching strategies. Facing History’s approach to teaching this classic novel will deepen your student’s thinking and help them to connect its themes to issues that are still alive and important in their lives today.

Teaching Mockingbird aligns with Common Core Standards and is supported with professional development opportunities.


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Use this resource to transform how you teach Harper Lee’s novel by integrating historical context, documents, and sources that reflect the African American voices absent from Mockingbird's narration.

Documentary-style videos and supporting classroom-ready activities will deepen your students analysis of To Kill a Mockingbird.

Using excerpts from both novels, discussion questions, and activities, these lessons will set the context for engaging with Lee's Go Set a Watchman. 

We support our core resources with ongoing learning opportunities, both online and face-to-face. Check out what we have coming up for Mockingbird!

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