Discipline: ELA

Grade Level: 9, 10

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Courage in Part One: To Kill A Mockingbird
  • Module Description
    • In this module, students will read the novel To Kill a Mockingbird and write an essay defining “courage.” The students will also draw conclusions from their interpretations of Harper Lee’s views on courage.

  • Tasks
    • Teaching Task Template Task (Design your own lesson)

      How does Harper Lee use characters and events in To Kill a Mockingbird to define “courage”? After reading part one of To Kill a Mockingbird, write an essay that defines “courage” and explain how three different characters show courage. Support your discussion with evidence from the text.

      Task Template 12 — [2 Levels] Informational & Definition

      L2: What conclusions or implications can you draw?

  • About the Teachers
    • Authors: Melanie Hewins, Steven Hampton, Paul Kwarcinski, Marsha Hudson, and Carol Ann Duke

      Course: English

  • Materials, References, and Support
    • For Teachers

      Optional Texts:

      • Gregory, S. & O’Connor, R. (1998, April 6). Evening glory. People, 49(13).
      • Blume, J. (1999, Jun/July). Places I never meant to be: A personal view. American Libraries, 30(6), 62–67.

        Presents a speech by author Judy Blume about censorship. Deals with Blume’s personal experience with the book A Rage to Live by John O'Hara; censorship experiences with her own books, including Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret and Tiger Eyes; the rise of censorship since 1980 and its effects; her relationship to the National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC) and its director Leanne Katz; individual educators' battles with censorship; and the effects of censorship on children and society.
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