EduCate is a program where specific areas of national curriculum is established through interactive computer programming. The following lesson relates to the issues and themes present in Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird and analyse the relationships between the main characters of Atticus, Gem and Scout. Students are to progress through several activities which will assist students in gaining a comprehensive understanding of To Kill A Mockingbird which will benefit them when it comes for the assessment of this course - an internal monologue task.
Students are expected to have read To Kill A Mockingbird leading up to the introduction of this unit.
The order in which students will progress this unit is as follows:
Students are to begin this unit by reading though the history of racism and how it impacts on a global scale. Make breif notes if needed to understand more comprehensively and make conscious links while reading through the matieral to To Kill A Mockingbird.
Once students have completed this introductory history lesson of racism they will progress to the first activity which is a timeline of major events in To Kill A Mockingbird. The first activity is quite straight forward, letting students who may have struggled with the novel to plot major events that occur within each chapter of the book.
Students are to write a short paragraph regarding how the legal system has evolved since the 1900s, this activity will assist students in breaking down the legal system and making appropriate links between contempory issues of racism and the potent racist issues which existed since European colonization. Students should also consider questions such as; Does racial discrimination exist within the legal courts? How far has the legal system changed and grown since the 1900s when you were prosecuted because of your skin colour?
Is this Fair and Just? Students will be given a sample of images and videos of various people being punished for committing crimes throughout the time from European colonization to the present day. Students can use what they have learnt from previous activities to justify their reasoning behind their response to the various images and videos.
There are no right or wrong answers to these question, the purpose of these activites is to get students to make links between the relationships of Atticus, Gem and Scout, additionally think about the attitudes, values and beliefs that are the most prominent in To Kill A Mockingbird.
Activity Four follows with students actively creating character profiles which will directly aid them in their assessment task. Students will be given the choice to select from various main characters in To Kill A Mocckingbird and create an extensive character profile of them, drawing on their background in the novel and what characteristics they exhibit. Students should bare in mind that this activity will serve as a draft for the internal monologue assessment task.
Assessment: Students are to write a 300 word internal monologue in the perspective of one of the characters listed under the Character Profiles tab. Students are to reflect on their chosen's characters feelings and emotions directly preceeding Tom Robinson's first appearance in court.
Good Luck and have fun learning about To Kill A Mockingbird.