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Southern Tea Cakes and Growing Up

We started previewing To Kill a Mockingbird yesterday, and we’ll continue today.

Along with Gone with the Wind, it’s one of the most well-known Southern novels, perhaps even the most famous American novel. I couldn’t let you finish eighth-grade without reading this classic! 🙂

This novel also meshes well with our persuasive unit because Scout’s father, Atticus Finch, is a lawyer. A major criminal trial occurs in the story that some scholars say shadows the legendary Scottsboro Trials. We’ll compare the two during the second half of the book.

Today in class, you’ll gather some 1930s context by analyzing the photographs of Dorothea Lange and a few other landmark Depression-Era photographers.

The small-town culture played a huge role in TKaM, but so did the time period. What impact did the time period have on the events and characters of Harper Lee’s novel?

For Fun: A Few Great Links
ven more lovely 1930s documents
Would you have been a fan of FDR?
How did his approach to the Great Depression influence the approach to today’s economic slump?

Read more to find out!

National Endowment for the Arts To Kill a Mockingbird Radio Show

This a fantastic radio show and will give you even more background about the novel.

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