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The Way They Was- Thematic Links to To Kill a Mockingbird

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Language Arts And English +1 Age Level High School (16 to 18 years old)

This collection contains the provocative piece The Way They Was and asks students to make parallels to the novel To Kill a Mockingbird. It uses thinking routines such as "See/Think/Wonder", "Circle of Viewpoints", and "Claim/Support/Question". There is also a graphic organizer in the shape of a door that allows students to record the connections they see between the piece of art and the novel. This lesson can be used after Chapter 25 or at the end of the novel.


The Way We Was

Smithsonian American Art Museum

See/Think/Wonder: Project Zero Visible Thinking Routine

SI Center for Learning and Digital Access

Lesson Concept

Sara Katlen

Door Organizer

Sara Katlen