Climb Into His Skin…Virtual Reality Trip to the Maycomb Courthouse

I Dream of Learning

“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view… until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.”

 – Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird

VRtripAs we began reading the trial of Tom Robinson in To Kill a Mockingbird, I wanted a way for students to truly immerse themselves into the scene of the courtroom. I wanted them to see and feel what it was like to be involved in the story. To see things from Scout’s perspective, from Atticus’s viewpoint, and then from the perspective of Tom Robinson, as he awaited his verdict.

I located the actual courtroom where the movie was filmed on Google Street View, then had students use Google Cardboard VR viewers I purchased on Amazon to immerse themselves into the scene. They studied the view from different positions in the courtroom – the balcony, where…

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