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Creating Psychological Profiles of Characters in To Kill a Mockingbird

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Creating  Psychological Profiles of Characters in To Kill a Mockingbird

Grades 9 – 12
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Six 50-minute sessions plus additional time for collaboration and presentations
Lesson Author

Lauren A. Gibbons

Lindenhurst, New York


National Council of Teachers of English


Materials and Technology

Student Interactives






  • Poster board, scissors, and glue for each group

  • Copy of To Kill A Mockingbird for each student

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Literary Graffiti

Grades   9 – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Organizing & Summarizing

Literary Graffiti

Literary Graffiti, a high school version of the Doodle Splash student interactive, also aims to teach students to visualize what they are reading to help them develop as readers.


Trading Card Creator

Grades   3 – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Organizing & Summarizing

Trading Card Creator

This tool provides a fun and useful way to explore a variety of topics such as a character in a book, a person or place from history, or even a physical object. An excellent tool to for summarizing or as a prewriting exercise for original stories.


Printing Press

Grades   K – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Writing & Publishing Prose

Printing Press

The interactive Printing Press is designed to assist students in creating newspapers, brochures, and flyers.


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  • Students need to have finished reading To Kill a Mockingbird before starting work on this cumulative project.

  • Make copies of necessary handouts.

  • Consider individual strengths to determine which students would work best together in groups of three.

  • Consider your own responses to the opening writing and discussion questions.

  • Arrange for access to internet-connected computers for Sessions Two, Three, and Four.

  • Bookmark and test the Character Trading Cards interactive, ReadWriteThink Printing Press tool, and Literary Graffiti tool on your computers to familiarize yourself with them and to ensure that you have the Flash plug-in installed. You can download the plug-in from the technical support page.

  • Bookmark and explore the Social Psychology Website to familiarize yourself with various social issues and their impact on human behavior.

  • Bookmark the Symbols in Literature Website.

  • Create a schedule for when the groups will present their presentations so that each student has adequate time to prepare.

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