Exploring To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
collage of Scout from
Grades 8 - 10
Developed by: Lori Bailey
for Education 575
April 5, 2004
Introduction / Task / Sources / Process / Guidance / Conclusion / Worksheet
As students begin reading To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, their comprehension can be improved by exploring information about the author and the book itself. This webquest has been designed to enhance the students' reading comprehension. Students will use this activity to increase their computer skills, reinforce their reading skills, and delve further into the book and its history.
TN Content Standards 8.1, 9.1, 10.1- The student will develop the reading and listening skills necessary for word recognition, comprehension, interpretation, analysis, evaluation, and appreciation of print and non-print text.
Working alone, students will need a pencil and paper to share their discoveries as they follow the webquest and learn more about To Kill A Mockingbird and its author.
Educational Technology Services, Region 20 education service center. (2001). Retrieved April 5, 2004, from http://www.esc20.k12.tx.us/etprojects/formats/webquests/summer99/northside/tkmb/default.htm
Fischer, H. G. (2004). Educ ETH-The English page. Retrieved April 1, 2004, from http://www.educeth.ch/english/readinglist/leeh/mockingbird.html
Moore, A. (2001). Studying "To Kill A Mockingbird." Retrieved April 4, 2004, from http://www.shunsley.eril.net/armoore/gcse/mockingbird.htm
Rutherford, N. L. (1998-2001). To kill A mockingbird, The student survival guide. Retrieved March 29, 2004, from http://www.lausd.k12.ca.us/Belmont_HS/tkm/
To kill a mockingbird, Homework online. Retrieved March 29, 2004, from http://www.homework-online.com/tkamb/character.asp
Students will need to read chapters 1-4 of To Kill A Mockingbird before starting on this adventure.
Students will print a copy of the worksheet and use it as a map to answer the questions. Each section can be filled out by visiting various websites.
An idiom is a phrase in which the meanings of words does not exactly fit the definitions of those words. Characters throughout the novel uses phrases that might not be heard elsewhere. Use the following website to learn more about idioms. List three idioms, including the chapter and the page numbers where they can be found. http://www.lausd.k12.ca.us/Belmont_HS/tkm/
Using the following website, list three main facts about each of the nine characters listed. http://www.homework-online.com/tkamb/character.asp
Answer the questions for chapters 1-4. http://www.shunsley.eril.net/armoore/gcse/mockingbird.htm
Find out more about Harper Lee. Using a timeline format, list 10 facts about Harper Lee and her life. http://www.educeth.ch/english/readinglist/leeh/mockingbird.html
Purpose: The purpose of this is to allow the students access to web-based learning during the study of To Kill A Mockingbird.
Preceding Event: Prior to this study, the students will read chapters 1 - 4 of the novel as they get a basic understanding of the setting of the novel.
Ensuing Event: After completing this task, students will have a better understanding of the setting, the author and the first four chapters of the novel. Students will build upon this knowledge as they continue to read the remainder of the novel. The information obtained will enhance their comprehension for their tests.
This product should improve learning by allowing the student to study the novel in ways other than just reading. It gives them a hands on experience that they can relate to what they already know about the book and what they will learn later.
This activity could be improved by allowing students to search on their own for web sites to use as study guides.
Students have used the preceding web sites to learn more about Harper Lee and her novel To Kill A Mockingbird. The answers they found will help as they continue their reading and as they study for their daily reading quizzes and test.