To Kill a Mockingbird - Study 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 curriculum will provide your High School grade student with:

English/Language Arts credit: This is a one-quarter credit high school level literature curriculum.
Background Information: Learn the background behind the civil rights movement and equal rights.
Author Biography: Learn more about Harper Lee.
Before-You-Read Activities: Written or oral reports on American Civil War, Slavery, or Civil Rights movement, study the U.S. Constitution, Jim Crow laws, listen to Martin Luther King, Jr. and write a response.
Vocabulary: Understand words used throughout the novel, utilizing a variety of activities to stimulate retention and growth.
Literary Techniques: In context, synonym, setting, characterization, point of view, exposition, foreshadowing, similes, metaphors, extended metaphor, foil, irony, dynamic and static characters, theme, motif.
Moral Lessons and Character Values:  Point of view, superstition, rumor, private and public life being the same, pride, reaction to insults, courage, unity, division, justice, discrimination, racial injustice, hypocrisy.
Activities and Writing Assignments:  including five choices of comparison essays, race relations, and 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 unit lessons are written from a Christian worldview!

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  • Complete separate answer key PDF file included for the teacher!

Formatted with your High School grade student in mind, Progeny Press language arts study guides divide the book into writing assignments and lessons that strengthen their reading comprehension, vocabulary, and refines their critical analysis and writing skills. Each Progeny Press novel study accomplishes all of this without busy work that can drain the fun out of reading and literature! Kids have loved using Progeny Press ELA curriculum in homeschool, co-ops, and private schools around the world for over 30 years!

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
Workbook ISBN:

    2 Reviews

  • Posted by Julie C. on 3rd Jan 2017


    To Kill A Mockingbird

    This resource is excellent. It is basically the only one I will use to teach this novel. The embedded Scripture reflections do a great job helping students think about a Christian response to the delicate issues in this novel. Thank you for making my job easier.

  • Posted by Richard A. on 2nd Apr 2015


    This is a great product

    This is a great product just a little expensive for what it is.