Movie Discussion Guide: To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) (FREE Download)
Based on the novel by Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird tells the story of a rape trial in the 1930s through the perspective of a child. Scout Finch is a precocious six-year-old girl living in Maycomb, Alabama, with her brother Jem and her father Atticus. Though the children call their father by his first name, they have great respect for him and the cases that he argues as a lawyer.
Atticus accepts the case of Tom Robinson, a black man accused of raping a white woman, but Atticus knows that he is putting his career and his family at risk in the prejudicial small town. While Tom Robinson awaits trial, the story follows Scout, Jem, and their friend Dill through the summer and fall as they play, get into mischief, and spy on their neighbors, namely the Radley’s mentally disabled son Boo. To Kill a Mockingbird is a powerful story of the fight for justice in the face of prejudice.
Recommended for mature junior high school and up.
- Complete story summary
- Teacher notes and discussion questions
- Life Theme
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