To Kill a Mockingbird - E-Guide

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Grade Range: 9-12

English/Language Arts Credit: 1/4 Credit

Setting: Alabama, 1930s

Genre: American Literature

Page Count: 58 + Answer Key

Approximate Completion Time: 9-10 weeks

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A heart-wrenching and touching coming-of-age tale set in the 1930s South, poisoned by bigotry and racism. Scout will witness her father, a white lawyer, defy public opinion to defend a black man falsely accused of rape.
In the sleepy southern town of Maycomb, Alabama, Scout Finch and her brother Jem revel in the glory days of childhood, trading stories and superstitions with Dill Harris, the imaginative nephew of their neighbor. Dill is especially fascinated with the legends surrounding the mysterious Boo Radley, who stays in his house all day, but, according to rumors, comes out at night to dine on squirrels and cats and peek in windows. Their summer days are spent adding to the Boo Radley legends or devising ways to make Boo come out.
Scout becomes increasingly uneasy about playing games that revolve around Boo Radley. Guided by the wisdom of her father, Atticus, and Calpurnia, their cook, Scout is learning the ways and unwritten rules of southern society and how to get along in it.
Atticus is a lawyer with an extremely difficult case on his hands. Tom Robinson, a black man, has been accused of raping a white girl. With deep-seated prejudice working against him, Atticus fights to prove his client innocent. Scout and Jem watch while their otherwise civilized neighbors show subtle disapproval or outright distaste for Atticus's defense of a black man.

Progeny Press' To Kill a Mockingbird English/Language Arts PDF curriculum will provide your High School grade student with:

Background Information: Learn the background behind the civil rights movement and equal rights.
Author Biography: Read about Harper Lee.
Before-You-Read Activities: Enhance your studies by giving written or oral reports on the American Civil War, Slavery, or the Civil Rights movement. Study the U.S. Constitution, Jim Crow laws, and listen to Martin Luther King, Jr.'s speeches, and write a thoughtful response.
Vocabulary: Understand words used throughout the novel, utilizing a variety of activities to stimulate retention and growth.
Literary Techniques: Explore literary techniques such as context, synonyms, setting, characterization, point of view, exposition, foreshadowing, similes, metaphors, extended metaphor, foil, irony, dynamic and static characters, theme, and motif.
Moral Lessons and Character Values: Delve into themes of perspective, superstition, rumors, the contrast between private and public life, pride, courage, unity, division, justice, discrimination, racial injustice, and hypocrisy.
Activities and Writing Assignments: Choose from five comparison essays, explore race relations, and contemplate themes of equality.
Suggestions for Further Reading:  We include an in-depth reading list of more books by the same author(s) and other books that tie in with, or are similar to, To Kill a Mockingbird. Movie suggestions included.

All of Progeny Press' language arts PDF download unit lessons are written from a Christian worldview!

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Book Awards:
Pulitzer Prize for Fiction   •   Presidential Medal of Freedom   •   #6 on Big Read List (UK’s top 200)   •   #1 TIME All-Time best 100 English Language Novels 1923-2005   •   Brotherhood Award National Conference of Christians & Jews   •   Paperback of Year Bestsellers magazine   •   
One of the New York Public Library's Books of the Century   •   #78 on The 100 Best Novels Written in English   •   #73 on The 100 Greatest Novels of All Time   •   The Great American Read #1 ( Top 100)

Extra Information

Progeny Press
Recommended Grade Level:
Alabama, USA, 1930s
American Literature
Study Guide Page Count:
67 pages
Study Guide Author:
Andrew Clausen
For the Book By:
Harper Lee

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    10 Reviews

  • Posted by Christine on 10th Feb 2024


    Good moral analysis; needs more annotation

    I love these guides for the scriptural lessons they bring in. What would improve them ten-fold would be questions listed by chapter instead of by chapter groups. Just a simple note after each question of the chapter being referenced would help a lot. Thank you!

  • Posted by Natalia on 4th Mar 2021


    To kill a mocking bird

    Excellent companion in reading class assignments. Love it.

  • Posted by Mary on 10th Mar 2019


    Study Guide for "To Kill a Mockingbird"

    I found the study guide to be appropriate for the recommended grade level, with enough depth to the questions and the background information. There was a good mix of opinion and comprehension activities. A few more longer-response writing activities would be appreciated.

  • Posted by Shawana S. on 18th Feb 2016


    My son likes them!

    Very well done. The guide makes it easy for me and my sons actually like them.

  • Posted by Paula S. on 15th Feb 2016


    Son is enjoying it!

    My son has been using this guide for only two weeks so far, but told me today that he is enjoying doing it. I must say that I am also really appreciating it and enjoying reading and discussing my sons answers to the study guide questions. It is very well written, and gets the student to think deeply about some of the issues brought out in the novel. I think we will definitely be purchasing another progeny press guide to use when we have completed this one.

  • Posted by Norris f. on 1st Jan 2016


    To Kill A Mockingbird E-Guide

    To Kill A Mockingbird is one of the most beloved novels of all time. I have been waiting eagerly until my oldest son was ready to read it and really understand the depth of the characters and their journeys. I am very, very pleased with this study guide. I am currently using it with my 8th grade son (an advanced reader). The vocabulary section of this guide (every three chapters there is a vocabulary list. Sometimes my son has to guess the definition based on the context, sometimes he is required to look up the definition and then write a sentence) is absolutely excellent; in fact, we are printing out those pages to add to his future SAT study list. But, I am even more pleased with the Questions as well as the "Dig Deeper" questions that bring my son back to questions about race, prejudice, integrity, respect for others. I was especially pleased with a few questions that asked my son to guess what was going to happen from foreshadowed words and phrases in the text. My tech savvy son REALLY enjoys typing his answers right into the E-guide. It is simple for me -someone who is not very tech savvy- to enter my comments, and he enjoys clicking on the "word bubbles" next to his answers and reading my comments. Wonderful study guide! Thank you, Progeny Press!

  • Posted by Tracy N. on 23rd Feb 2015


    So excited!

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  • Posted by Debbie F. on 5th Jan 2015


    To Kill A Mockingbird

    Having the study guide downloaded to my computer was great. I was able to print out the pages I needed for my son immediately without waiting on the mail. It worked out really well for us, and I plan on purchasing 2 more study guides to finish out his senior year.

  • Posted by Tahnesha C. on 3rd Jan 2015