Teaching Strategies for Teaching Mockingbird

The following teaching strategies are referenced in the Teaching Mockingbird guide, and can be used for bringing the teaching of To Kill a Mockingbird into your classroom.

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Analyzing Images

Lead students in a critical analysis of an image that enhances their observational, interpretive, and critical thinking skills.

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Anticipation Guides

Get students thinking about the ideas and themes that they’ll encounter in a unit or a text.

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Fishbowl

Use this discussion strategy to help students practice being contributors and listeners in a group conversation.

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Gallery Walk

Have students move around the classroom to explore a range of documents, images, or student work.

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Iceberg Diagrams

Encourage students to recognize the multiple causal factors behind an event from history, the present, or literature, using the visual of an iceberg.

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Identity Charts

Use this graphic tool to help students consider the many factors that shape their own identity and that of groups, nations, and historical and literary figures.

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K-W-L Charts

Help students assess what they already know about a topic and what they want to learn.

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Learn to Listen, Listen to Learn

Structure a discussion that uses journaling and group work to strengthen students’ listening skills.

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Levels of Questions

Help students strengthen their literacy skills by increasing the complexity of the questions they need to answer about a text.

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Life Road Maps

Enrich students’ understanding of a historical or literary figure by having students draw the figure’s life journey.

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Socratic Seminar

Have students facilitate a discussion in order to work together toward a shared understanding of a text.

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Storyboard

Help students track a story’s main ideas and supporting details by having them illustrate important scenes.

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