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USING MEDIA FOR TEACHING ENGLISH: LITERATURE: HARPER LEE: TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

This is one of the classical school textbooks read in the 'Kursstufe' (sixth form).
Its authoress Harper Lee was born in the race and violence stricken state of Alabama in 1926.
She comes from a lawyer's family which is reflected in the protagonist of this novel, Atticus Finch. For To Kill a Mockingbird Lee was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1960. The novel has also been made into a successful movie.

amazon.de To Kill a Mockingbird
by
Harper Lee
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A brief summary of the novel:

Atticus Finch is a lone father with two children, one of which is Scout who often spends her summer holiday with a friend, called Dill, in her southern hometown of Maycomb. One strand of the novel's action deals with their main activity which is to find out more about one of the Finch's neighbours, the mysterious Boo Radley.
A second strand of action and reflection is about Atticus Finch, a lawyer, who not only treats his children as individual beings, but also a Negro who is accused of a crime committed to a white woman. Atticus' brave attitude to defend the black man provokes resentment among the predominantly white population of Maycomb. He is called nigger-lover, but is superior enough not to be distracted from his sound convictions and ideals. For Scout and her brother, Atticus is not only a good father but also an example to them. All the episodes in the novel lead to some kind of learning experience for Scout.
In the end when Scout and her brother are saved from a white man's attack by the mysterious Boo Radley, she realizes that she must not judge people until you get to know them.
Helpful for your class preparation are:


amazon.de Bloom's Notes on To Kill a Mockingbird
by
Herald Bloom
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