To Kill A Mockingbird Essentials
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To Kill a Mockingbird Historical Context

Pre reading activity by a student teacher for a Year 10 Australian class. Music used is as per historical context.
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Take 14 minutes and six seconds of your day and watch this.  From the Dust Bowl and the Great Depression to segregation and lynchings to Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks and the Little Rock 9.  This clip IS To Kill a Mockingbird.  It shows you with powerful images and carefully selected songs the era in which Harper Lee was raised.  If you take nothing else from the novel, just remember there is just one kind of folks - folks.

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American Experience | Scottsboro: An American Tragedy

American Experience | Scottsboro: An American Tragedy | To Kill A Mockingbird Essentials | Scoop.it
In 1931, two white women stepped from a box car in Paint Rock, Alabama to make a shocking accusation: they had been raped by nine black teenagers on the train. So began one of the most significant legal fights of the twentieth century.
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Remember you need to be able to comment on the author's purpose. To do this you need to think about when TKAM was pubished, where it was written and what events might have influenced the author. Here's some background to the Scottsboro Case which is worth a read.

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To Kill a Mockingbird

To Kill a Mockingbird - study guide
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Indepth analysis including some insight into attitdes in the text and behind the text (think PURPOSE) and comment on stereotyping as well as other key themes.

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SparkNotes: To Kill a Mockingbird: Chapters 16–17

SparkNotes: To Kill a Mockingbird: Chapters 16–17 | To Kill A Mockingbird Essentials | Scoop.it
A summary of Chapters 16–17 in Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird. Learn exactly what happened in this chapter, scene, or section of To Kill a Mockingbird and what it means.
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The trial scene broken down on the Spark Notes site

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To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee - FREE Presentations in PowerPoint format, Free Interactives and Games

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Powerpoints galore on the text and on the background to the novel if you need something pretty to read.

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Examples of Empathy in ""To Kill a Mockingbird"" | eHow

Examples of Empathy in ""To Kill a Mockingbird"" | eHow | To Kill A Mockingbird Essentials | Scoop.it
Empathy is defined as identifying with another person's feelings, or emotionally placing one's self in the place of another.
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Comments on empathy as a key theme in the text

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The TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD Student Survival Guide

An annotation of Harper Lee's famous novel, this site contains definitions for over 400 words, allusions, and idioms found in the book.
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A great site if you're totally lost, breaks down each chapter and analyses key elements of text. Check out the links to allusions and idioms if you need to learn some relevant language techniques.

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BBC - GCSE Bitesize - To Kill a Mockingbird

BBC - GCSE Bitesize - To Kill a Mockingbird | To Kill A Mockingbird Essentials | Scoop.it
A secondary school revision resource for GCSE English Literature about the plot, characters and themes in Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird
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BBC's Bitesize sites have great revision tests and videos where you canlearn more about key aspects of the text - there are videos too for visual learners.

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To Kill a Mockingbird

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To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. To Kill a Mockingbird analysis by PhD students from Stanford, Harvard, Berkeley
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Schmoop is your one stop shop for TKAM.  From key quotes and character analysis to revision tests, if you favourite one site, make it this one.

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Mr. Lettiere's English 9 -- Reading and Writing

Mr. Lettiere's English 9 -- Reading and Writing | To Kill A Mockingbird Essentials | Scoop.it
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Although this has been compiled for Grade 9 (Year 10), if you scroll down you'll find heaps of links to other sites including more background on the Great Depression and articles critiquing the novel.

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Famous Speeches: To Kill a Mockingbird

To begin with, this case should never have come to trial. The State has not produced one iota of medical evidence that the crime Tom Robinson is charged with...
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Atticus' famous speech about justice in the trial scene.  Remember it was moments like this that changed the way people thought about each other and the community they lived in.

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