We started our first Literature analysis study this week. The Boy and I chose to read To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Because I feel it’s important for me to be able to interact with him for this study, I am reading (for the fifth time!) the book.
I forgot how much I loved this book! Who doesn’t remember the legend of Boo Radley? The memorable Atticus Finch. Scout. Jem. Dill. Characters that cannot be forgotten. We’ve only read the first 3 chapters so far, and I’m hooked. It’s REALLY hard to not want to hunker down and savor each wonderful page. I’ll wait. I’ll read along at the pace of my son as he learns why I say this is a MUST READ classical.
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Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch. One of my most favorite characters. Ever. Although I cannot wait to show The Boy this movie, we have to finish reading the book first!
There are many study guide resources available to help complete a literature analysis.
- Glencoe Literature Guide: To Kill A Mockingbird – I always recommend Glencoe’s literature guides. We completed one with Huckleberry Finn and enjoyed it.
- Free Unit Study Guide – Written by Chris Murphy, Brad Dingler, Lisa Yu. This is the unit study we are using. I really wanted to teach him how to analyze and discuss without going into a complete study. I am using the questions for our discussions.
- Grade Saver Study Guide – Online study guide. You can purchase the PDF for a small cost.
- 9th Grade Honors Class Lesson Plan – If you need more extended study ideas.
“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 see it through no matter what.
– Atticus Finch”
Have you read To Kill a Mockingbird? What is your favorite quote from the book?