Lesson Plan for Thursday 10.2.08
To Kill a Mockingbird
Students will further explore the historical and contemporary issues raised in
Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, including racism, discrimination, and
segregation, and will do so using new technology applications for the classroom,
specifically a Web-quest, which contains various non-fictional pieces, media
sources and other texts for their perusal.
Students will work collaboratively with partners on the Web-quest, demonstrating
the ability to work as part of a team.
Students will complete related responses to each of the tasks that they have
chosen to undertake, and these responses will reveal their abilities use higher level
thinking and critical thinking skills to analyze the universal issues presented in To
Kill A Mockingbird.
Students will make connections between the issues of the 1930s and 1950s and
1. Students will read, write, listen and speak for information and understanding
reading and following written, complex directions and procedures to solve
problems and accomplish tasks (9.1.R.3).
interpreting and evaluating data, facts, and ideas in informational texts,
such as national newspapers, online and electronic databases, and websites
Analyzing information from different sources by making connections and
showing relationship to other texts (9.1.R.9).
Interpret information from media presentations, such as news broadcasts
2. Students will read, write, listen and speak for critical analysis and evaluation
Analyzing and evaluating nonfiction texts (9.3.R.3).
recognizing and acknowledging various perspective on issues of local and
national concern (9.3.L.1).
3. Students will read, write, listen and speak for social interaction through…
Sharing reading experiences with a peer; reading together silently or aloud
or discussing reactions to texts (9.4.R.1).
4. Students will read, write, listen and speak for literary response and expression
Connecting literary texts to prior knowledge, personal experience, and
contemporary situations (9.2.L.5).
Expressing opinions and supporting them through references to the text.
Engage in collaborative conversation (9.2.S.1).
Students will immediately begin working with their partners and begin
investigating the Web-quest. Each group of students will have a mobile laptop.
They will orient themselves with the template, explore the various tasks and then
choose which 2 tasks they will complete today.
Students will complete at least two of the tasks, but are encouraged to complete as
many of the tasks as they can, as thoroughly as they can.
The tasks are meant to encourage lively discussion among the partners, critical
thinking and astute responses.
Students will record their work in a word document, and email it to me.
Mobile computer lab
Students will be assessed according to quality not quantity. Thus, they will be
assessed by the thoroughness of the work they complete during class time, and the
understandings and critical thinking they demonstrate as reflected in their
responses to the tasks.
Students will be assessed by their contributions to class activities, as well as their
participation and engagement in class activities.
Students will be assessed by how well they cooperate with others and the respect
they have for the opinions of their peers.
Students will continue to work on the Web-Quest both in class, and outside of
class. Aside from the tasks, they are also encouraged to contribute to the various
wikis on the Mockingbird website.
*Differentiation for students with special needs