To Kill A Mockingbird Point Of View Assignments


Valuable aspects of any literary work are its themes, symbols, and motifs. Part of the Common Core ELA standards is to introduce and explain these complex concepts. However, abstract ideas are often difficult for students to anatomize without assistance. Using a storyboard, students can visually demonstrate their understanding of these concepts, and master analysis of literary elements. For best practices, see our article with specific lesson plan steps on setting up your classroom and activities to teach themes, symbols, and motifs.

In the classroom, students can track the themes this story uses to send a strong message to its readers. Have students track the four lessons Scout learns throughout the novel, then create a storyboard depicting and explaining each of them, or have them track one theme, symbol, or motif throughout.


  1. Put yourself in someone else's shoes to see life from their perspective.
  2. Don't kill mockingbirds, to kill a mockingbird is unfair because they are small and defenseless and don't bother anyone.
  3. Keep fighting, even if you know you are going to lose.
  4. The world is unfair.

Other TKAM Themes, Motifs, and Imagery to Look for and Discuss

Good vs. Evil

Through the eyes of the innocent children - Scout, Jem, and Dill - the world seems very clear. The further Atticus progresses into the trial of Tom Robinson, the more the children learn that not everything in life is fair, and sometimes evil prevails. This is the theme that ultimately leaves Jem disenchanted with the justice system and leaves Scout in disbelief; that people would convict a man based on their prejudicial beliefs, instead of the truth.


Having Morals

An important theme and lesson, found throughout the novel, is the necessity of morals. Morals are a person’s core beliefs, principles by which they live their life. Being morally educated is important because it helps us to be sympathetic and understand others.


Prejudice and Social Inequality

The people of Maycomb are so caught up in their ignorant beliefs that they convict a man because his is black, and not because he is guilty.


Birds and Mockingbirds

In the novel Scout, almost kills a mockingbird. This upsets Atticus who says that Mockingbirds are weak and defenseless creatures. These birds are meant to symbolize people in the world who are weak and defenseless and cannot help themselves. Moreover, it specifically eludes to Tom Robinson as a defenseless black man on trial for murder. Atticus teaches a moral lesson through this symbol: people should do everything they can to help those who are defenseless. This is why he defends Tom, even though he knows what the verdict will be.


Storyboard Example: The Theme of Good vs. Evil in To Kill a Mockingbird

Evil

After Tom Robinson is arrested, the town mobs the jail. They assume he is guilty, and want to take action, demonstrating their racism.


Good

When Miss. Maudie's house catches fire, the town rallies to help her, showing the good in people, and their willingness to help.


Good/Evil

Boo Radley is initially viewed by the children as a terrible person. They often taunted, and told stories about him. However, Boo proves to be good though his actions, helping Scout and Jem learn a lesson.


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Student Instructions

Create a storyboard that identifies recurring themes in To Kill a Mockingbird. Illustrate instances of each theme and write a short description below each cell.


  1. Click "Use this Template" from the assignment.
  2. Identify the theme(s) from To Kill a Mockingbird you wish to include and replace the "Theme 1" text.
  3. Create an image for an example that represents this theme.
  4. Write a description of each of the examples.
  5. Save and submit your storyboard.



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Extension Activities


Character Cube

This is a worksheet has multiple pages and is intended to help students identify characters in the story. With this activity, students select a character and do a more indepth analysis of the character while doing a hands on activity. For this activity, you will need a writing utensil, scissors, crayons or markers, and glue or tape.

Length of Activity: 30 minutes
 

For Use: After all of the main characters have been introduced. It can be used at around the half way point of the book, or at the end so that students have a good idea of all characters.


Trial Notes

This worksheet is intended to help keep track of information and witnesses during Tom Robinson's trial. Use it as a way for students to remember which witness gave what specific information and testimony to help students draw conclusions based on the facts.

Length of Activity: 30-45 minutes

For Use: This can be used once the trial has begun in Chapter 17.


Then and Now

This is a graphic organizer to help students as they read and track various characters in the story. Students can use them for only the main two characters, or they can use them for the majority of the characters that are introduced into the story.

Length of Activity:

15 minutes

For Use: This can be used throughout the book.


Texting With a Character

This worksheet is intended as a way for students to bring the characters in the story to life using materials and methods that are relevant to students in today's world.

Length of Activity: 20 minutes

For Use: Any time after several characters have been introduced.


Stepping in Someone Else's Shoes

This is a worksheet that was created to help students understand another person's perspective by "stepping into their shoes".

Length of Activity: 20 minutes
 

For Use: Any time after the vocabulary from the book has been taught.


Go Set a Watchman Worksheet

This is a worksheet based on the very recent article that was published in which Harper Lee, the author of To Kill a Mockingbird, is publishing a new book titled, Go Set a Watchman. This worksheet walks through the article and asks questions related to it. It is a higher reading level activitiy.

Length of Activity: 30 minutes
 

For Use: After the book has been read and as a closing activity to help students determine whether they would like to read the next book when it is published.


Character Nouns and Adjectives Worksheet

This is a worksheet designed to assist in grammar study and discussion. It will help students identify and list nouns and adjectives as they related to the story and the study of the characters within the story.

Length of Activity: 20 minutes
 

For Use: At any time during the book.


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