[Surnetkids] To Kill a Mockingbird

Dear Reader,

Today’s newsletter is in celebration of Harper Lee’s birthday: April 28, 1926. But it also reminded me of this funny cat t-shirt that I bought a few years ago for my son.

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To Kill a Mockingbird


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Harper Lee published her first novel in 1960, at the age of thirty-four. It won a Pulitzer Prize for fiction the following year. “To Kill a Mockingbird” tells two stories at once: one about attorney Atticus Finch’s defense of a black man accused of rape, and the second about his young daughter’s coming of age.

CliffsNotes: To Kill a Mockingbird

CliffsNotes does a bang-up job with their literature study guides. Visit for a book summary, Harper Lee biography, character analysis, a handful of critical essays, famous quotes, and a chapter-by-chapter summary. They also include a glossary (“obstreperous: noisy, boisterous, or unruly, esp. in resisting or opposing”), a fifteen-question interactive quiz, and five ideas for “To Kill a Mockingbird” projects. “Select a song that represents one of the themes in To Kill a Mockingbird. Play the song for your class and discuss your choice and the theme it represents.”

NEA Big Read: to Kill a Mockingbird

Big Read is a National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) program addressing the decline of reading for pleasure by bringing together communities to read and “celebrate books and writers.” “To Kill a Mockingbird” is one of about twenty books already on their website, with more “coming soon.” For readers, NEA Big Read gives us discussion questions, an author biography, and a short piece about the Jim Crow South for historical context. For teachers, it provides lesson plans, project ideas, and essay topics.

PBS Thirteen: To Kill a Mockingbird: Book Club Discussion

With a nod to the New York Public Library, PBS Thirteen has “put together a list of questions to help guide both first-time and re-readers through the major themes of the novel.” Who was the mockingbird? How was the mockingbird killed?

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