To Kill a Mockingbird Worksheets
Related ELA Standard: RL.9-10.5
To Kill a Mockingbird is a novel that is just under three-hundred pages that was written by Harper Lee The novel was published in 1960. The novel drives home the point that poverty has a big influence on a person's upward mobility. It also displays the concept of racism as a defensive mechanism to mask your own short comings. The mockingbird mentioned in the title is used to symbolize innocence. This book was published at time in history when the United States was experiencing a progressive movement in civil rights. Due to the timing, it resonated with the American culture and had a great level of relevance to readers. It also examines areas of gender inequality bringing issues to light for the book's audience. This collection of worksheets will help students dive deeper into the themes and events of this historical work.
To Kill a Mockingbird Worksheets To Print:
Novels in Context
- We examine the whereabouts and wear-with-all of the author. Conduct some brief research to answer the following questions, in order to
better understand the context in which Harper Lee wrote her famous novel.
What's the Gist? -
You had to write Cliff Notes on this work in one page, what would
Race Relations - We
compare and contrast the treatment of characters. This is a creative writing piece that will take some research and some deep thought.
Atticus Finch -
The character of Atticus Finch has been called the
backbone of the novel. Why?
and Themes - Consider how the juxtaposition of the following
characters helps to develop theme in the novel.
- Explain why you think Lee wove this complicated thread of connections,
and how they contribute to the development of the theme of the story.
- Prejudice figures largely in Harper Lee's famous novel, To Kill
a Mockingbird. Think about the story, and answer the following questions.
- Consider the following characters. How does Lee's treatment of
them as the story unfolds suggest that no individual is either completely
good or completely evil?
Good and Evil
- Identify places in the novel where "good" encounters "evil." How can the innocent keep from being destroyed by conflict with evil?
Venn Map - A great
way to map out the major themes and contrasts. Identify a
major theme from the
novel and give examples
of how the theme is
character, plot or setting.
Motifs - Motifs
are recurring structures, contrasts and literary devices that can
help develop and inform a story's major themes.
- Harper Lee frames her novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, in two ways.
What are they?
Summary of to Kill A Mockingbird
To Kill A Mockingbird is one of the most famous English classics written by Harper Lee and is widely read by the people of all ages and ethnicities. The novel was widely appreciated as a beautiful representation of the themes of racial discrimination along with the themes of innocence, childhood, and good parenting. The story of the novel, as narrated by a little girl living in a small town Maycomb, is summarized as follows:
The Plot's Summary
A little girl named Scout and her brother Jem live with their lawyer father named Atticus and a black woman who took care of the house since the mother died. In their summer days, the kids befriend a young boy who came to visit his aunt in their neighborhood. All three spent their summers in various adventures out of which attempts towards meeting their recluse neighbor Boo-Radley was their most favorite. Summer ends and Jem and Scout continue finding new gifts every day outside the Radley's place but Boo never meets the kids in person.
On the other hand, their father Atticus has been appointed to defend a black man named Tom who has been accused as a rapist of a white girl. The lawyer takes the case but fails since no judge would ever have the courage to free a black man against a white girl. Atticus knew of this very well but wanted to take this case, thinking that it was a part of every lawyer's life to face such a case once in life.
However, this case affects the family very badly. One day, the kids were out late at night in the dark when the father of that white girl attacks them and tries killing Jem. However, someone rescues them and Jem comes home with a broken arm while the killer himself dies. The man who rescues the kids was boo Radley and he was the one who killed the killer too. The story ends with Scout meeting boo and imagining life from his perspective.
What Does This Book Teach Us?
It explores the racial injustices that are deep rooted in Deep Southern culture during the time of the Great Depression. It begins to teach us to learn about people before we pass a judgement on them. The work also investigates the concepts behind the civil rights movement in that reacting to violence with violence often does not help you get your message out to others and create real change. There is a famous line in the book that says the worst crime of all is hurting the innocent which is a major theme of the work. Why would we hurt those who have no intention of doing anything wrong?