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.
Lead students in a critical analysis of an image that enhances their observational, interpretive, and critical thinking skills.
Get students thinking about the ideas and themes that they’ll encounter in a unit or a text.
Use this discussion strategy to help students practice being contributors and listeners in a group conversation.
Have students move around the classroom to explore a range of documents, images, or student work.
Encourage students to recognize the multiple causal factors behind an event from history, the present, or literature, using the visual of an iceberg.
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.
Help students assess what they already know about a topic and what they want to learn.
Structure a discussion that uses journaling and group work to strengthen students’ listening skills.
Help students strengthen their literacy skills by increasing the complexity of the questions they need to answer about a text.
Enrich students’ understanding of a historical or literary figure by having students draw the figure’s life journey.
Have students facilitate a discussion in order to work together toward a shared understanding of a text.
Help students track a story’s main ideas and supporting details by having them illustrate important scenes.