The events of To Kill a Mockingbird would have made the news, and likely some would have been front page in local or county newspapers. For this assignment, students can select any major event in the novel, such as the trial or even the death of Tom Robinson, and create the front page of a newspaper that features this story. They should use evidence from the text, as well as quotes if necessary, to support their news story.
Students should be sure to include illustrations of scenes or portraits to accompany their headlines much like a real newspaper. They may also want to include advertisements or news from Alabama around that time period in order to set the events of the novel into the context of the time.
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Objective: Create the front page of a newspaper set during or just after the events of To Kill a Mockingbird.
Grade Level 9-10
Difficulty Level 4 (Difficult / Complex)
Type of Assignment Individual
Type of Activity: Newspaper Posters