Grade: 7th/8th
Subject: Engish Language Arts
Introductory Lesson: "To Kill a Mockingbird" - Anticipation Guide
Students will utilize an anticipation guide strategy to assess their own attitudes concerning literary vocabulary and elements of fiction prior to starting the novel.
Key Vocabulary: dignity, plot, setting, characters, protagonist, omniscient, allusions, imagery, symbolism, style, theme, racism and civil rights

Expected Outcome Of This Lesson Plan-
1. Students will be motivated to read "To Kill a Mockingbird."
2. Students will be introduced to the themes of the novel through imagery and symbol of the mockingbird, as well as literary terminology.
3.Students will be able to identify and apply the literary tools Harper Lee employs to convey profound truth about human nature.
Teacher Objectives-
1. Students will be able to assess their attitudes relevant to the themes in the novel.
2. The exit slip determines whether students have previously read the book and are familiar with the story.
3. Students will become familiarized with technical vocabulary and be able to identify examples of these new terms withi examples from the text.
Students will need a copy of the novel, "To Kill a Mockingbird." Students will need a copy of the Anticipation/Reaction to Symbolism handout. Students will need a copy of the Exit Slip handout. Students will need the handout 'The Element of Fiction' chart handout.
Teaching Methods-

1. Lesson Introduction-

1.Using an overhead projector, display The Elements of Fiction chart on screen.
2. Teacher will introduce elements of fiction through think aloud, followed by whole class Q&A on finding examples that support new vocabulary.
3. Teacher raises the topic of racism and civil rights as potential theme.

2. Lesson Progression-

1.Introduce The Anticipation Guide and, through guided discussion, have class reflect on the relevant issues to the themes in the novel.
2. Introduce each statement on the Anticipation Guide. Ask for a general class reaction to each statement. Ask students how they feel about each statement, and if they have any prior experiences or beliefs with the message of each statement.
3. Divide students in groups of four. Instruct them to re-read each statement and to record a group "reaction" and list it on the hand out in the "reaction" section.
4. Reconvene class and discuss findings. Note if there are any similiar attitudes to each statement. Record these reactions on the main handout.

3. Guided Practice-

1. While students are in their groups, the teacher will walk around to each group and monitor the students' responses through listening and raising questions to assist students in their reactions.
2. Reactions to the Anticipation Guide is discussed in whole class.

4. Student Practice-

1. Daily reading assignments will be four chapters a day.
2. In this introductory lesson, in anticiptation of the study of plot structure, students will discover the name of the narrator and identify the occupation of Atticus Finch and his relationship to the narrator.
3. Students are to identify the main characters and the setting of the story and include this information in their journaling notebooks. They are each to write one question about something they want to understand better in this reading.

5. Learner Accommodations-

1. English learners and students with disabilities will have access to the novel on audio tape.


6. Assessment-

1. Students will be provided with an Exit Slip at the end of each class period.
2. For this introductory lesson, students will provide comments based on their experience working with the Elements of Fiction and Anticipation Guide handouts.
3. Students will also list any questions that they may have concerning topics covered in class or with their reading experience in general.

7. Lesson Closure-

1. Exit Slips will be collected as each student exits the classroom.
2. Teacher will introduce the Exit Slip and explain (through think-aloud) how to respond to the questions.
Measuring Student Progress-
1. Teacher will make a formative assessment by reviewing each student's Exit Slip.
2. Understanding of the Elements of Fiction and other new vocabulary will be assessed.
This lesson plan is based off a lesson plan found on the Internet at and written by Ramona E. Pekarek. This site contains several lesson plans concerning the teaching of the novel, "To Kill a Mockingbird."

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