Activity Overview

A fun way for students to express their understanding of a story, its themes, and main characters, is to create a movie poster. As students read To Kill a Mockingbird, they will probably have certain themes or images stick in their minds. Have students create a movie poster, complete with a title, casting, and an image that conveys important information from the story.

When students complete their posters, they can be printed out and hung in the classroom. For additional templates to add to this assignment, check out our movie poster templates!

Template and Class Instructions

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Student Instructions

Create a movie poster that evokes the theme, story, and other relevant information about To Kill a Mockingbird.

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Create an image for your movie poster using appropriate scenes, characters, and items.
  3. Add any additional information, like a tagline, actors, directors, etc.
  4. Save and exit when you're done.

Lesson Plan Reference

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/9-10/2] Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze in detail its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text
  • [ELA-Literacy/W/9-10/6] Use technology, including the Internet, to produce, publish, and update individual or shared writing products, taking advantage of technology’s capacity to link to other information and to display information flexibly and dynamically


(You can also create your own on Quick Rubric.)

Movie Poster
Pretend that your book is being made into a blockbuster movie! Create a Movie Poster that showcases the setting, character and a chosen scene or overarching theme of the story. Include the title and author of the book as well as a catchy slogan and a "critic's review" informing the audience why they should go to see the movie and briefly describing the story.
Proficient Emerging Beginning
Includes Title, Author, catchy slogan and a 1-3 sentence critic's review that accurately describes the story and why people should go to see the movie.
Missing one element of text.
Missing two or more elements of text.
Illustrations depict a scene or theme of the story with clear visuals including an appropriate scene, character, items, etc.
Illustrations depict a scene or theme from the story but are unclear or incomplete.
Illustrations do not depict a scene or theme from the story.

How To Analyze Movie Posters


Observe the Visuals

Start by taking note of the poster's visual components. Take note of the layout, text, colors, and photos. Teachers can also explain why certain fonts are preferred over others and how much text is actually used on the poster.


Determine the Main Images

Name the main characters or images that appear on the poster. Think about how important they are to the story or ideas of the movie.


Examine the Color Scheme

Examine the poster's color scheme. Different hues elicit various feelings and moods. Think about how the color scheme reflects the tone and genre of the movie. Students can also perform some research on the significance of choosing the right colors for movie posters.


Reflect on the Intended Message

Determine the main point or narrative the poster is trying to get across. Examine the ways in which visual cues convey the story's main points. Students can also reflect on the feedback received on certain movie posters to analyze the reaction of the audience.


Create a Thorough Analysis

Students can put their observations together to form a logical analysis. Describe how specific design decisions fit with the themes, genre, and target demographic of the movie.

Frequently Asked Questions About Creating a Movie Poster For To Kill a Mockingbird

How can I be sure the movie poster design is historically accurate?

Examine the novel's historical setting (the 1930s) and make sure that the design cues, typeface, and general aesthetic are appropriate for that time period. The authenticity of the poster is increased by this accuracy.

Is it possible to include contemporary design aspects in the poster?

The poster should still have a vintage vibe to it, but you can add subtle modern design elements to it to make it more eye-catching. Just be careful not to stray too far from the time period of the work. The modern design elements can definitely be mixed with historical elements in some parts to create a nice blend for the audience.

How does the "To Kill a Mockingbird" literary analysis relate to the movie poster project?

The project ties into literary analysis since it necessitates that students comprehend the concepts, characters, and messages of the book in order to depict them artistically. It promotes skepticism and critical thinking.

What competencies may students gain from this project?

Making a "To Kill a Mockingbird" movie poster fosters the development of design, visual communication, critical thinking, symbolism, thematic depth, and the ability to match pictures with literary concepts. It also fosters creativity and sharpens critical thinking skills of students.

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