Literature: "To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee
These websites are about the book “To Kill a Mockingbird” and author Harper Lee. There are lesson plans, study guides, and vocabulary resources. Learn more about the history of racial discrimination in the United States, Jim Crow laws, and the Great Depression. Includes historical documents, photographs, and video clips. There are links to eTheme resources on the Civil Rights Movement and the 1930’s.
Teenreads: Harper Lee
Read a biography of Harper Lee and an article about "To Kill a Mockingbird."
Reading Group Guide
This reading group guide includes discussion questions, a biography of Harper Lee, and an excerpt from the book.
ThinkQuest: Historical Archives
Click on the links to find out about some of the events surrounding the time period in "To Kill a Mockingbird." Includes video clips of important events and speeches.
Studying "To Kill a Mockingbird"
This 25-page PDF file is a study of the novel and includes questions, activities, and character studies.
Quia: Rags to Riches
Use this interactive game to test your comprehension of the novel.
ClassZone: Novel Guides
Here is a lesson plan about the screenplay that was based on the book. Includes cross curricular activities.
PBS: Race Timeline
Learn about the history of racial discrimination in the United States.
PBS: From Swastika to Jim Crow
Scroll down to find out more about the Jim Crow laws in the south during the time period of the book.
PBS: Scottsboro: An American Tragedy
Read about the Scottsboro trials, which has many parallels to the trial in the novel.
eThemes Resource: Civil Rights Movement
These sites are about the Civil Rights Movement in the U.S. from 1954-1971. Includes several timelines with the major events of the era explained. Take an online tour of several historical spots. Topics include the Montgomery Bus Boycott, Little Rock Central High School, Civil Rights Act of 1964, and Brown vs. Board of Education of Topeka. Read about civil rights leader Malcolm X and a first-hand account of the Freedom Rides of 1961. There are links to eThemes Resources on Rosa Parks, Ruby Bridges, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Black History Month.
eThemes Resource: Decade:1930-1939
These sites are about the history and events of the 1930s. Learn more about the causes and effects of the Great Depression. There are many primary documents, including oral histories, photographs, newspaper articles, and audio files. Also includes maps and timelines. There are links to eThemes Resources on books set in the 1930s.