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Year 08 - To Kill a Mockingbird - SEAL English: Home

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Introduction

To Kill a Mockingbird is a novel by Harper Lee and published in 1960.  It won the Pulitzer Prize for Literature in 1961 and until recently was the only book written and published by the author.

The novel focuses on  the issues of racism and prejudice in the American South.  The story is told predominately from the point of view of young Scout Finch, the daughter of Atticus, a white lawyer hired to defend a black man falsely accused of rape.

This study guide by Libcharts gives an overview of the plot of the novel, delves into the characters and themes, and looks at he key quotes from To Kill a Mockingbird.

Racism and the Civil Rights Movement

The Scottsboro Boys The trials of nine black teenagers, who were wrongfully accused of the rape of a white woman in 1931.
The Civil Rights Movement A mass movement of people fighting for racial equality.
The Civil Rights Movement in Pictures Featuring the sit-ins and various protests in America.

 

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To Kill a Mockingbird: Crash Course

Is there anything John Green can't do? He's an amazing author and a prolific creator of content. Here's his take on To Kill a Mockingbird on Crash Course.

The Great Depression: Crash Course

Although To Kill a Mockingbird was written in the 1960s, it is actually set in the 1930s, which means it's a good idea to have a basic understanding of The Great Depression as the context for the novel. Once again, John Green talks us though it.