Additional Resources

The links on this page are suggested for teachers who would like to gain additional insight on sensitive topics that are relevant to teaching To Kill a Mockingbird. These links are referenced within the Teaching Mockingbird guide.

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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Enhance your understanding of The Nanjing Atrocities with these maps, videos, teaching strategies and primary source documents.

Remembering Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino

Thomas M. Menino, Boston's longest-serving mayor, has died at age 71. Menino was a champion for civic and educational equality, and a longtime friend and supporter of Facing History and Ourselves.

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Judgment, Memory, Legacy

The readings in the Judgment, Memory, Legacy section explore the aftermath of World War II in China and Japan and the challenges of rebuilding after the devastation of war. Several resources explore the challenge of seeking justice in the aftermath of the Nanjing Atrocities inside and outside of the courtroom including the efforts of people seeking to record, remember and teach this history in China, Japan and around the world. In particular, a number of readings focus on the debates over education and public memory of the Nanjing Atrocities.


The Atrocities section of the website focuses on the Nanjing Atrocities that occurred from December 13, 1937 through the end of March 1938. During this time soldiers from the Japanese Imperial Army ran riot in the captured Chinese capital, unleashing a spree of violence, murder, and rape on the population. At the same time, a small community of Westerners chose to remain in the besieged city and establish what became known as the Nanjing Safety Zone. These handful of individuals assembled the largest body of materials specifically documenting the Atrocities.

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Holocaust Survivor and Educator Nate Leipciger Honored by Facing History Canada

On October 26, 2014 Nate Leipciger was honoured by Facing History and Ourselves at an event in Toronto.  Nate Leipciger is a Holocaust survivor and a committed leader in Holocaust education. For over 40 years, Nate has shared his testimony with people of all ages, inspiring thousands to become upstanders with firsthand accounts of courage and survival in the face of horrific adversity.

Nation Building

Nation Building explores the relationship between modern nation building and nationalism in China and Japan in the 19th and through to the begining of World War II in Asia. Reforms throughout this period contributed to the development of new national identities and a new relationship between China and Japan. Throughout this time both nations contended with a range of opportunities and critical decisions that would play important roles during World War II.

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The Identity section of this website explores individual voices of Chinese and Japanese as they consider the impact history and culture have had on their sense of belonging.

Essential Questions:

• What factors influence how we see ourselves?
• What role does a nation’s history play in shaping the way people see themselves and the way they see others?
• How does culture affect our identities? 
• How do all of these facets of identity influence the decisions individuals make?

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