To Kill a Mockingbird Chapter 1: High School Lesson Plan

To Kill a Mockingbird Chapter 1

Today we will explore Chapter 1 of To Kill a Mockingbird in a unique, engaging manner. Today’s lesson is crafted to cater to diverse learning styles by offering different versions of the book, including a novel, audiobook, and graphic novel. Our process emphasizes active engagement with the text, as students choose their preferred format and delve into the chapter, enriching their understanding through a blend of auditory and visual experiences. The lesson is designed to enhance vocabulary, deepen character understanding, and foster critical thinking through interactive activities like a vocabulary building, Character Relationship Mapping, and exploring the enigmatic world of Boo Radley. We also include a bonus activity focused on the historical context, ensuring a comprehensive and immersive learning experience. Prepare for a session that promises to be both educational and captivating, as we navigate the intricate layers of this classic novel.

Learning Goals

  • I will be able to interpret and define specific vocabulary and idiomatic expressions from Chapter 1, like ‘assuaged’ and ‘flivver,’ thereby improving my language skills and comprehension of the text.
  • I will be able to analyze and map the relationships between Scout and other characters introduced in Chapter 1, aiding in my understanding of character dynamics and development.
  • I will be able to distinguish between factual information and fictional legends surrounding Boo Radley, promoting my critical thinking and analysis of narrative techniques used in the novel.


Different versions of the book

Electronic devices for research


  1. Let students choose which version of the book they want to read. Students who are listening should also read along.
  2. OR Read chapter 1 with students.
  3. After reading the chapter, have students complete the following tasks:
  • Must Do: Vocabulary Builder: Either before reading or as students come across each term in the novel, they should pause to define the terms. 
  • Must Do: Scout and Other Characters in Chapter 1: Complete the map showing the relationships between Scout and other characters mentioned in Chapter 1.
  • Should Do: Boo Radley: Myth vs. Fact: Read through the Boo Radley section of chapter 1 closely and place the different statements about him in either the myth of fact column.
  • Bonus: Enriching Chapter 1 With Historical Context: Create one slide for each of the following topics. Include an overview of why it is historically relevant and why it is important in To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Slide 1: The Battle of Hastings
  • Slide 2: The meaning of “General Jackson ran the Creeks up the creek.”
  • Slide 3: The Methodist denomination
  • Slide 4: A Hoover Cart


Collect student work to provide feedback.

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