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English 9 To Kill a Mockingbird Character Excerpts & Symbol Project

NOTE: There are various ways to begin reading TKM and one of the ways is to have students read Ch. 9 before Ch. 1. Chapter 9 introduces the plot, characters, and setting of the novel. This project is the pre-activity for ch. 9, however, it is possible to adapt it to fit your needs.

Standard:

Student Friendly Language:

3.4 Determine characters’ traits by what the characters say about themselves in narration, dialogue, dramatic monologue, and soliloquy.

3.4 Describe characters’ personalities using clues (i.e. quotes) from the story.

Objectives:

Students will be about to:

Identify characters in the story.

Develop predictions about characters.

Length: 1-2 days

Set: 10 mins.

Ask students how they identify people (i.e. looks, what the person says, does/acts, what other’s say about them). This will help students with character charts for the story.

Procedure:

1.

Divide class into groups of three or four.

2.

Give each group copies of a paragraph for one of the characters (see attachment below).

3.

Students read each paragraph and begin to create a outline of what the character is like based on phrases, single word descriptions, mental visuals . . . . Students can create a list on a scratch piece of paper.

4.

After reading and analyzing the paragraphs and decide what symbol they could give the character (i.e. Aunt Alexandra is described as being like mountains with snow on top) and they will cut a very large symbol out of butcher paper. If you do not like the symbol idea, students can cut out a very large human.

5.

Students will then write their list of info. in a creative way inside their symbol. Students should leave an area blank to write class predictions.

6.

Groups will present their poster and info. to the class, while the class is taking Cornell notes.

7.

After each presentation the class as a who should make predictions about each character and the group should write the predictions in the space they selected.

8.

Students will then have a short quiz the following day.

Homework:

Write questions and summary for Cornell notes. Students will study notes for a short quiz the next day.

Assessment:

Character Quiz the next day.

Lesson adapted by Julie Andrade FROM Nancy Kenneth, SJAWP   

Scout Finch

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