To Kill a Mockingbird

Unit Plan

Lizzie MacDonald
Adapted by Minnia Curtis
4-5 weeks

California Language Arts Content Standards
Standards Addressed in this Unit
Reading: Literary Response and Analysis
3.3Analyze interactions between main and subordinate characters in a literary text (e.g., internal and external conflicts, motivations, relationships, influences) and explain the way those interactions affect the plot.
3.4Determine characters' traits by what the characters say about themselves in narration, dialogue, dramatic monologue, and soliloquy.
3.9Explain how voice, persona, and the choice of a narrator affect characterization and the tone, plot, and credibility of a text.
Listening and Speaking: Listening and Speaking Strategies
1.9Analyze the occasion and the interests of the audience and choose effective verbal and nonverbal techniques (e.g., voice, gestures, eye contact) for presentations.
1.14Identify the aesthetic effects of a media presentation and evaluate the techniques used to create them (e.g., compare Shakespeare's Henry V with Kenneth Branagh's 1990 film version).
Supporting Standards


This unit is an extension/enrichment unit after the analytical reading of the novel. The primary focus is visual language: presenting and viewing. Close reading, character, theme, setting and so on are covered.

Teacher Background Reading


Smiley Select and adapt these learning activities to best meet the needs of your students, and to fit the time available:

A Glossary of Basic Film Terms

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Narrative to Film

Review Writing Assessment Task: Write a review discussing and comparing two of the films made by the class. In your review comment on how effectively you think the verbal feature (the dialogue) is combined with the visual (camera shots) in each production. You should give specific detail to back up your position and ensure you comment on at least 3 different camera techniques. Analyze the interests of the audience and note effective verbal and nonverbal techniques. Focus on the depiction of character, especially how relationships between main and subordinate characters affect the plot.

Pay particular attention to the assessment rubric linked below.

Review Writing Assessment Rubric
Student Samples