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To Kill A Mockingbird
SUBJECTS — U.S./1929-1941; the Law & Diversity; Literature/U.S.;
SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING — Justice; Male Role Model;
MORAL-ETHICAL EMPHASIS — Respect; Fairness; Caring.
Age: 11+; Not rated; Drama; 1962; 129 Minutes; B & W.
This TeachWithMovies.com Learning Guide focuses on the moral and historical lessons in To Kill A Mockingbird, both the novel and the film. The novel is beautifully written and should be read by every child by the 8th grade.
Atticus Finch, lawyer and single parent, is trying to raise his family in a small Southern town during the Great Depression. Appointed by the local judge to defend a black man accused of raping a white woman, he surprises the town by mounting a vigorous defense. Finch is probably the best male role model on film, loving and nurturing his children and treating all those around him with respect and consideration.
The TeachWithMovies.com Learning Guide to To Kill A Mockingbird helps teachers and parents lead students to explore the many issues raised by this movie.
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To give you a sense of how our Learning Guides can be used by teachers to develop lesson plans, and by parents to supplement school curriculum or for homeschooling, we have set out below a paragraph from the Learning Guide to To Kill A Mockingbird.
The Constitution of the United States requires that before a person is convicted of a crime, he must be given "due process of law." In the case of persons accused of a felony or a crime for which they can be imprisoned for a substantial period of time, this includes the right to a lawyer. If the defendant is poor and cannot afford to hire a lawyer, the state must provide a lawyer for him. The judge appointed Atticus as defense counsel for the man accused of rape to comply with this provision of the Constitution. For a film which teaches the meaning of "due process of law," see The Ox-Bow Incident.
The Learning Guide to the film To Kill A Mockingbird contains sections on Benefits of the Movie, Possible Problems, Helpful Background, Discussion Questions, Links to the Internet, and Bridges to Reading. The Discussion Questions are divided into three categories: Subject Matter, Social-Emotional Learning, and Moral-Ethical Emphasis.
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