In To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, one of the most dramatic scenes involves a secret nighttime trip by Scout, Jem, and Dill to the spooky Radley house. However, what starts as a childish prank quickly turns dangerous, eventually culminating in shots being fired and Jem temporarily misplacing his pants.
In order to keep straight the many events of that night, students created fake Twitter feeds from the point of view of one of the characters, providing “live updates” of each new and dramatic development.
Twitter didn’t yet exist in 1934, but it is clear that if it had, these characters would certainly have had something to say!
“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
As 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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This is a picture of a top view of the shoes. I colored the tip of the shoes blue because Scout is a Tomboy and loves to play with boys.
This is a front view. I added little gems to represent that Scout is the most valuable character.
This is a side view of the shoes. I added some pictures to represent Scouts memories and some of the people she cared about.
This is a back view of the shoes. I put question marks because Scout was always thinking and I put Scouts name to represent that they are her shoes.
In the book “To Kill A Mockingbird” Atticus says “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view–until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.” Scout is a funny, loving, caring, and honest person. Scout never really thought…
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Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. They don’t eat up people’s gardens, don’t nest in corncribs, they don’t do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.
I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what. You rarely win, but sometimes you do.