Kris Peterson, Literacy Specialist, School District of New Berlin
Harper Lee’s classic tale To Kill a Mockingbird, set in the deep South and narrated by feisty Scout Finch, explores the emotional topics of race, justice, tolerance, fear and courage. Atticus Finch is a local attorney, who, against the advice of community and family members, takes on the case of a black man accused of raping a white woman from the community.
Informational text pieces that will pair well with To Kill a Mockingbird will explore southern politics and communities of the past, topics of justice and fairness, and 1930s communities and ethics. Teachers will want to explore cross-curricular connections in English Language Arts, social studies and political science courses, including character education units in other areas.